Oil-spill cleanup efforts continue at Lake Keystone
BY SUSAN HYLTON World Staff Writer
Monday, January 28, 2013
1/28/13 at 5:35 PM
SAND SPRINGS — Cleanup efforts on Lake Keystone are ongoing after the spill of about 4,800 gallons of crude oil from a tanker truck that overturned down a rocky embankment Saturday.
The winds on Monday made the oil more difficult to contain, and it spread into Bear’s Glen Cove, which is near the U.S. 412 crossing where the truck crashed, Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Nate Herring said.
But for the most part, the floating barriers — or booms — placed in the water near the U.S. 412 crossing were containing and absorbing the oil in a couple of areas close to where the spill occurred, according to Paul Koons of Environmental Remediation Specialists of Tulsa, which is leading the remediation effort.
“We have guys in boats today collecting the saturated absorbents and adding more containment booms. When we have higher winds, the winds try to push it farther,” he said.
Koons said the oil that collected in the riprap — the rocks along the lake’s banks by the bridge — also must be recovered.
“One option is using water to flush it out. Then we can collect it and pick it up. That’s probably our best option at this point in time,” he said.
Koons said workers will continue monitoring the spill for a couple of weeks.
“The longer it leaches, the longer we’re staying,” he said.
Herring said the size of the oil sheen on the water is estimated to be about 15 feet by 1,000 feet.
The state Department of Wildlife Conservation and the state Department of Environmental Quality were monitoring the situation. There had been no reports of fish kills as of Monday.
“We anticipate the environmental impact will be minimal,” Herring said.
DEQ spokeswoman Skylar McElhaney said previously that no public drinking water is taken from the lake.
The tanker truck was eastbound when it hit a car on the U.S. 412 crossing over the lake about 9:45 a.m., ran off the road on a rocky embankment and overturned, spilling about half its load of 9,680 gallons, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Saturday.
The truck driver, Troy Royster, 45, of Shawnee, had head and trunk injuries and was pinned in the wreckage for about an hour.
He was extricated by Sand Springs firefighters and was flown by helicopter to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, according to an OHP report.
Troopers blamed the collision on inattention.
The driver and a passenger in the other vehicle — Gwenuana Deshae Dean and Kayla Dee Nichols, both 20 and of Wichita, Kan. — reportedly had minor injures.
Their 1997 Buick LeSabre had been driving slowly with a flat tire when the truck struck it at a high speed, Brown said.
Crews closed one eastbound lane of the bridge for about a half-mile while Royster was rescued and the wreckage was cleaned up.
Crude oil washes up on the shore of Lake Keystone after a tanker overturned Saturday, spilling its load into the lake. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
Crude oil mixed with water washes up onto the Lake Keystone shoreline Saturday. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
Absorbent materials soak up crude oil inside booms deployed on Lake Keystone after a tanker truck overturned this weekend, spilling about 4,800 gallons of the petroleum. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World
Plastic bags hold saturated absorbent materials that have soaked up crude oil that spilled into Lake Keystone on Saturday. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World