OHP: Large Fuel Spill On Navigation Channel In Muskogee County

Saturday, December 20th 2014, 4:43 pm
By: News 9

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported a large fuel spill on the Arkansas Kerr-McClellan Navigation Channel in the Three Forks area in Muskogee County Saturday afternoon. 

The spill appeared to be on the surface of the water, according to OHP. Officials said they do not believe the spill poses a major threat to wildlife.

OHP said they believe the spill to be diesel fuel. The spill was estimated to be four to six miles long.

The National Response Center was notified of the spill just after 2 p.m. Saturday. OHP said the NRC would notify the Environmental Protection Agency to respond for clean up.

Around 5 p.m. Saturday, Oklahoma Marine Enforcement units cleared the scene of the spill. Those units were relieved by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

OHP said the marine units attempted the source of the spill by using the state's air boat. However, units were “unable to locate and scene was handed over to DEQ.”