B.N.E. Cleaning Up Oil Leak at Mike Usher Site in Spanish Lookout
B.N.E. confirmed today that there was a leak at one of well sites in Spanish Lookout on Wednesday. Reports reaching our newsroom say that the leak happened at Mike Usher ONE well site. Since the leak, B.N.E. has been doing work to recover the oil and clean up the affected area. In an email today, B.N.E. confirmed the leak, saying it started shortly before eight on Wednesday morning and that they immediately informed the spill response team and all protocols were followed. Our colleagues at Plus TV were on site at Mike Usher Number One today and spoke with a representative of the B.N.E. Here’s what they had to say about the impacts and the work being done to recover the spilled oil.
“We received a call that we had a leak at the site at Mike Usher Number One. We had our mobile personnel respond immediately. This was around seven o’clock this morning. We shut off the whole site and stopped flow to the area and from that point; we started to go downstream to follow the path of where the oil had flowed.”
“How would you describe how many gallons and the extent of the flow?”
“Because of our quick response to shut off the oil flow, there wasn’t a lot that had leaked out. We still have not finalized the total amount, however thought, it is contained and we are in the process now of collecting back that oil. So no one has gone into the environment and we have plans in place right now to contain that and collect it.”
“Now we noticed that some men are downstream; there is a small stream, there was a culvert and it appears to be fully saturated with raw oil and there are men that are downstream about two or three hundred yards.”
“Yes, that’s a part of the collecting back that oil. The oil had flowed off from the well site and it is right adjacent to a road so the oil that had flowed over along with water—because it is produced oil and water. This site in particular gives about twenty percent of oil, so it is mostly water, but the water takes it down. So they went downstream on the side of the road and it crossed the culvert and then it continued on into a little creek that we have there. So yes, the works that they are doing downstream right now is just to reclaim back the area. We are removing all the soil that had oil or the produced water contaminated with it and so that’s the work that they are doing right now.”
Clean up efforts continue and the quantity of the spillage is unknown.