Motor oil identified in Taylor Creek spill |

Motor oil identified in Taylor Creek spill

Staff Reports

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Motor oil appears to be the substance that was dumped in Taylor Creek this weekend, according to Scott Ferguson, the chief of the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Enforcement and Special Projects Unit.

The determination is based on preliminary analytical results from water samples collected Monday, Ferguson said in a Thursday email.

The Water Board expects to receive complete analytical results by sometime Friday.

U.S. Forest Service staff are expected to remove contaminated vegetation in contact with the creek Thursday. Petroleum absorbent booms and pads will remain in the creek through Thursday night to absorb any waste material released during the vegetation removal process, Ferguson said.

They will be removed Friday morning.

Removal of the booms and pads will complete the spill response for the incident, Ferguson said.

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