Clean-up of Monday’s diesel spill near Peosta will take weeks or months, but the amount of diesel fuel that reached Catfish Creek appears limited.
The DNR says the large BP storage tank is now empty, and most of the diesel fuel was retained in an area around the tank. BP has environmental contractors and clean-up crews working around the clock to recover the fuel that was retained at the site.
BP reports they’ve recovered almost 40-thousand gallons of the estimated 60,900 gallons of leaked fuel – and that number is expected to climb as recovery efforts continue.
The DNR says all indications show that little fuel has reached Catfish Creek. There are absorbent booms crossing the creek at five different locations downstream. Fuel has been detected at only two of them – at Cottingham Road and near Mines of Spain. The DNR says you cannot see or smell diesel at either of those locations since the booms were changed on Monday.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and BP have been monitoring water and air quality at the creek.
DNR fisheries biologist say fish in the stream may be safe to eat, but they do not recommend it at this time.