- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Officials say the release of about 1,500 gallons of crude oil into a creek bed and through a culvert east of Gillette was caused by a corroded, old pipe.

The Gillette News Record reports (http://bit.ly/1Sx0Kd6 ) that the leak on Sunday affected about a quarter mile of the Timber Creek bed. Fire Marshal Eric Acton says fire crews were working Monday to keep the oil from spreading.

The extent of damage and the costs related to the leak have not been released.

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Keith Guille says the leak was caused by an internal corrosion on the 6-inch pipeline, which is owned by Belle Fourche Pipeline. The pipeline operator has been leading the effort to clean up the spill.

The department is handling the investigation.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

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