Lufkin Industries cleans up 'minor' chemical spill in nearby creek

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It took nearly three days, but crews managed to clean out a portion of a creek after an accidental chemical spill at Lufkin Industries, according to city officials.

According to Lufkin City Engineer Chuck Walker, company workers were pumping out an equipment pit, which they thought had filled up with rainwater, and emptied it into the creek. But they noticed on a catch basin that it was discolored and determined the pit had some phenolic resin.

Walker said company officials alerted the city of what happened and hired a company to pump out the water.

"Lufkin did a good job, as far as I'm concerned," Walker said. "As soon as they identified it, they contacted us immediately. The cleanup effort was phenonemal."

Walker said even though it appears the chemical was neutralized and caused no damage to the environment, the water was pumped out as a precaution. Walker said the chemical did not kill any fish.

Crews finished the job Friday morning.

Officials with Lufkin Industries were not immediately available for comment.

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