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Fuel Spill Contaminates E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area


Contaminated soil has been removed from the west side of Highway 99W near Adair Village following a fuel spill.

Contaminated soil has been removed from the west side of Highway 99W near Adair Village following a fuel spill.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

A massive fuel spill on Highway 99W near Adair Village has caused traffic detours and delays for the past 10 days as the state clears contaminated soil and repairs the road.

But Monday the situation worsened. Managers at the nearby E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area found out fuel contamination has spread into the groundwater.

“We were hoping it wasn’t going to make it here,” wildlife area manager Shawn Woods said. “We’ve been told it’s likely they’ll have to do soil removal.”

Contamination also has spread to Coffin Butte Landfill on the other side of the road, Katherine Benenati, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Quality said.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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