- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say they were able to keep most of a cooking oil spill from reaching the Boardman River this week in Traverse City.

Fire Chief Jim Tuller says officials suspect that Tuesday’s spill occurred while a hauler was emptying a steel container that holds oil and grease at a restaurant.

Tuller tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle (https://bit.ly/255PEju ) that he estimates between 20 and 30 gallons of oil spilled and it made its way to storm drains.

Fire crews deployed a boom in the river and trapped oil in the storm drain by inserting a series of inflatable plugs in the drain outlets on the Boardman River. Cleanup took several hours. He says “there may have been a slight touch of oil that got to the river.”

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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