Majority of oil recovered from Covington County spill

Majority of oil recovered from Covington County spill

COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Some folks may not have enjoyed last week's rainy weather, but the clean-up crews on Oakey Woods Creek in Covington County said that rain is what helped recover 95 percent of the more than 100 barrels of oil that spilled into the creek.

"The rain on Thursday and Friday helped us some by washing the oil downstream to the collection points," Collins Fire Chief John Pope explained.

Pope said the "saving grace" of the oil recovery was the quick response time by emergency officials, as well as the early detection by people in the area last Thursday morning.

"The contractors and environmental services did a great job," he said. "This could have been much worse."

Pope said the amount of oil cleaned up from the creek and the site of the accident was "phenomenal" because the national average of oil recovery in that type of accident is only 15 or 20 percent.

Booms are still placed along the creek, and Pope said the Region 4 Environmental Protection Agency will continue to monitor the area every day until there are three significant rains or until the sheen of oil disappears.

Pope also said there were no reports of negative effects to water, wildlife or aquatic life due to the spill, which occurred after a line broke on an oil well owned by Mississippi Resources, LLC just north of Highway 84 near the Highway 37 intersection.

There was an excavation of the site Monday, which showed the oil only saturated a few inches into the ground. Pope explained the type of oil that leaked was "light, sweet crude," which helped with quick clean up.

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