TYLER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Crews in Tyler County have managed to cap an oil spill that occurred on Sept. 1.
Tyler County emergency management coordinator Dale Freeman said that on Friday workers capped an oil well near County Road 3725 that blew out and started spilling a mixture of oil, gas, water, and mud. Freeman said crews are still continuing with their clean-up efforts.
The affected rig, which is owned by BBX, is located north of Dam B.
Freeman said the gas in the mixture is highly flammable, and as a result, authorities set up a no-fly zone with a radius of five miles from the spill site and a ceiling of 3,000 feet.
Workers have been using skimmers and booms to remove the oil from where it was floating on top of the water in a nearby creek.
In a previous East Texas News story, Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife Game Warden Jim Yetter said officials will keep an eye on the situation because the oil, hydrocarbons, and heavy metals in the water could potentially damage the drinking water in the area. He said, so far, the environmental damage seems minimal.