Environmental Clean-Up Continues After Last Month’s Tanker Crash

rabbit-ears-pass-signEnvironmental officials are still cleaning up after a tanker crash on Rabbit Ears Pass last month. The tanker rolled near the runaway truck ramp on the west side of Rabbit Ears Pass, spilling a load of liquid chemicals used in oil and gas activity. Custom Environmental Services was called to clean up the spill. They say so far 2,262 tons of soil has been removed and transported to the Milner Landfill for disposal. 117,840 gallons of water has also been transported to the Elk Springs Liquid Waste Disposal Facility. Data analysis is ongoing. However, it appears that concentrations at a majority of water quality sites downstream from the incident have decreased to background levels. Work continues to assess the situation and clean up contamination that has occurred to minimize impacts to wildlife and the environment.

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