Private Company Called In To Clean Up Fuel Spill In Colorado River

A private environmental hazards company is now handling the cleanup from a fuel spill that reached the Colorado River after a trailer separated from its truck Tuesday in Grand Junction. A trailer from B.J. Services disconnected from a truck on 25 Road. Fuel tanks on the trailer broke open spilling an estimated 150 gallons of fuel.

Wednesday morning United States Fish and Wildlife Service biologists noticed an odor along the Colorado River and called the fire department. The hazmat team discovered an oily film on water in a ditch runnnig into the Colorado River.

Crews placed booms in the ditch to keep any more fuel from getting to the river.

An environmental cleanup services company from Carbondale arrived in Grand Junction to do the removal of the contaminated booms and soils around the waterway.

B.J. Services hired the firm and will be responsible for all cleanup costs, which could be as much as $10,000.

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