Oil Spill in Yakima River Tributary

About 1,500 gallons of used motor oil leaked from an aboveground storage tank into Sulphur Creek and the Yakima River March 1, 2015. Crews from Yakama Nation, EPA and Washington departments of Ecology and Fish and Wildlife are trying to contain the spilled oil with booms and  vacuums.

The spill happened in a region that according to Washington’s Department of Ecology is “home to hundreds of species of fish and wildlife,” including river otters, beavers, fish, muskrats, as well as wintering and migrating birds.

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