- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) - An oil and gas operating company has spilled several thousands of barrels of wastewater injection fluid into a Grant County creek.

Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner says Stillwater-based Special Energy Corporation’s wastewater spilled into Polecat Creek when an underground valve malfunctioned. He says it’s unclear how much leaked into the creek but that about 18,000 barrels are unaccounted for.

“The chloride readings are high but not as high as one would expect for that amount of water. It didn’t travel just into the creek; it did travel elsewhere,” Skinner said.

Special Energy spokesman Don Terry says most of the wastewater was limited to the bottom of the creek bed and didn’t rise up and flow onto anyone’s land.

“Some of it got into a dry creek bed,” he said. “The 18,000 was probably the total and a bulk of that was captured in the dry bank bed.”

The company set up a “capture pit” to catch the toxic fluid before it made its way to another creek it feeds into. The Enid News & Eagle (https://bit.ly/1SwPKf9 ) reports that Special Energy Corporation hired environmental consulting and field services company Enviro Clean for cleanup assistance.

To ensure it doesn’t happen again, Terry said the company is reconfiguring the pipelines. Skinner said the organization must submit a remediation plan to OCC. The incident is still under active investigation, Skinner said.


Information from: Enid News & Eagle, https://www.enidnews.com

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