Wintry weather slows cleanup following Oklahoma oil spill

February 22, 2018

YUKON, Okla. (AP) — A spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency says wintry weather has slowed cleanup of about 2,000 barrels of oil spilled from a ruptured pipeline in suburban Oklahoma City.

The EPA’S Mike McAteer said Thursday workers are still skimming oil off the surface of a 7-acre pond near a neighborhood outside Yukon, about 17 miles (27 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City. The oil bubbled into the pond early Sunday from a pipeline operated by Centurion Pipeline L.P.

McAteer says the spill caused a “pretty sizable fish kill” in the pond. But he says sleet and sub-freezing temperatures have slowed cleanup efforts, including the removal of hundreds of dead fish.

McAteer says Centurion plans to replace a 90-foot section of pipe that’s beneath the pond to prevent further releases.

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