- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Officials say a pipeline leak that caused between 1,200 and 1,700 gallons of crude oil to spill into a creek near Gillette has been clamped to prevent further leakage.

The Gillette News Record reports (https://bit.ly/20FxCzB ) that the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has blamed the leak that was reported Sunday on internal corrosion of the pipeline. A spokesman for Belle Fourche Pipeline, Bill Salvin, says the company is still investigating the leak to determine an official cause.

The oil had covered about a quarter mile of Timber Creek in northern Campbell County and leaked under a railroad and through a culvert.

Belle Fourche employees worked to burn most of the oil out of the water Monday.

Salvin says the cleanup will last a couple more days.

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

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