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Oil spill discovered on Bayou Phillip

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - An oil spill was discovered in Bayou Phillip on February 4.

Following a routine storm drain inspection at the city's Public Works Compound, the spill was found, according to Public Works Director David Gill.

"City employees took steps to contain the spill and begin clean up," Gill said. "We notified the proper authorities and began an investigation to determine how the incident occurred and from where it originated."

The bayou was cordoned off with expert technology that allows the oil to be contained and prevents contamination.

The contained oil was then pumped out of the area.

Gill said it has been determined that a vat with used motor oil was spilled Monday afternoon while being moved for routine cleaning.

"The vat holds about 180 gallons of oil and it was not full at the time. So the spill is likely significantly less than that," Gill said. "It was contained to a small area in the bayou about 120 yards north of the storm drain. The oil has already been pumped out of the bayou and the spill has been mitigated."

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality was notified.

The clean-up was inspected, and DEQ told Gill the event was handled properly and efficiently.

The spill was reported to the motor pools supervisor on Monday, but he was incorrectly informed at that time that the spill was of five gallons or less, Gill said. The spill was reported to the Administration on Tuesday.

The Administration is further investigating whether proper handling of the vat was followed and if initial reporting was correct, forthright, and timely.         

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