Friday, December 2, 2011

Hazardous Spill at Sand Creek South Platte River...Great Fishery Get's Hit Hard

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Denver Post Link

State health regulators on Thursday issued orders formalizing cleanup work already in progress to stanch the the flow of hazardous liquid seeping into Sand Creek and addressing newly identified contamination spreading underground from Suncor Energy​'s refinery to an adjacent Metro Wastewater plant.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cleanup coordinators determined that the black goo oozing from the bank of Sand Creek north of downtown Denver is "a gasoline-like material" that contains cancer-causing benzene. Highly toxic, benzene has been linked to leukemia, and federal authorities have determined that even minute amounts are harmful.

Sand Creek Petroleum Discharge Time Line
My fellow fishing Pal Trevor broke the story wide open on this event with a timeline including all accounts of what happened, check out his full story from this:

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cofisher said...

Thanks to all who bring things like this to our attention! I cry a little every time a tanker rolls into Clear Creek.

testflycarpin said...

Congrats TD - You get home from paradise to snow, cold and depressing news.

Troutdawg said...

Ha! Yeah going from 80' weather back to snow and cold! Love Colorado but the warmer temps are pretty hard to beat this time of year as well. Hope all is well and the Carp are treating you well McTage

Troutdawg said...


Yep awareness is key and having people out there protecting our rivers are vital to a healthy resource since so many try to abuse them!