League City cleaning up small oil spill
It's no BP disaster, but League City has a small oil spill on its hands.
City spokeswoman Kristi Wyatt said Fire Department investigators who tried to trace the oil found in a west-side creek Thursday believe someone dumped used motor oil down a storm drain, and it ended up in a creek around the 100 block of Lake Bridge Lane. That's near the entrance to the Park on Clear Creek, a subdivision west of I-45 between Challenger 7 Memorial Park and FM 518.
There may not be any oil-drenched pelicans in the picture, but Wyatt points out that cleanup will cost the city at least $1,000, maybe more.
"Whatever you put down the storm sewers or manholes end up in our waterways and costs taxpayers to clean up," Wyatt said.
Crews were able to sop up much of the oil after it was discovered Thursday, but some remains and oil-absorbing booms will stay in place over the weekend. Caution tape has also been placed around the contaminated area.
According to an alert on the city's website:
It is safe to use the neighborhood pool, but all residents must stay clear of the creek area until the oil has evaporated and the Fire Department removes the booms.
Wyatt reminds residents that oil should be disposed of at the city's recycling center, 1535 Dickinson Ave.
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