Crews cleaning up fuel spill in Weber River

Posted at 5:58 PM, Feb 08, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-08 21:52:01-05

Crews are monitoring the Weber River after a fuel spill in Riverdale on Wednesday afternoon.

Dean Gallegos, Interim Fire Chief for Riverdale City, said that a passerby had noticed a substance coming out of a drain near the river shortly after noon Wednesday.

A cleanup company and public works employees arrived on scene to find an oil spill. Cleanup crews worked to contain the spill. They set up four different cleanup spots and have used specialized materials that allow water to pass through but trap the oil.

"The fuel's in here, the petroleum's in here. We catch it in every part we can and now we'll contain it as it goes. There's no quick fix here," said Rusty Glover, Lincoln Environmental Services.

Public works employees worked on tracking the source. They still don't know the exact source, but have narrowed it down.

"The public works department has to actually get some specialized equipment out here, cameras and go down the drains to find the source of where this is coming from," said Gallegos.

The cleanup company will be out until they're sure they've gotten all the oil. They will then take water samples from along the river to be sure.