A fuel tanker that was traveling north on U.S. Highway 101 and overturned near the Salmon Creek exit last Wednesday has leaked 4,000 gallons of gasoline in an area above the South Fork of the Eel River, the California Department of Health & Human Services said in a press release issued this past weekend.
“There is currently no evidence that fuel has entered the water,” the release said, adding that cleanup efforts are expected to begin as early as Tuesday of this week.
Some of the fuel in the tanker, which had 7,000 gallons on board before the accident, was recovered after workers drilled into the top of the overturned tank and inserted a pipe. But the recovery operation was “complicated by the position of the truck and its location on [a] hill.”
The California Department of Parks and Recreation is heading up the cleanup effort with assistance from staff with the state Division of Environmental Health.
“We don’t believe at this time that the spill presents a threat to public health,” Susan Buckley, director of the Health Department’s Public Health Branch, was quoted as saying in the release.