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Official calls Osage County oil spill ‘minor’

BARTLESVILLE — An oil spill reported in extreme northeast Osage County last Friday is very “minor,” according to Oklahoma Corporation Commission Field Inspector John Hurd.

“Blake Petroleum blew a flange gasket at the pump station,” he said. “The guy went home and by the time he got back about 100 barrels had leaked into an on-site containment pit.”

He said the pit was one of two such containment safeguards Blake Petroleum has on site.

“They’ve got ponds there that can hold several thousand gallons,” he said. “They had crews on the scene and very quickly removed the oil and took it to their disposal site.”

According to reports, the leak came from a line inside the Blake Petroleum pump station, which is located 10 miles west of U.S. Highway 75 along Highway 10 west of Copan. The leak was apparently discovered by a Blake Petroleum employee around 9 a.m. Friday.

At that time, the line was shut down and workers took steps to ensure that the oil would not reach the area’s water supply.

“It really is no big deal,” Hurd said. “It’s pretty much all cleaned up except for the stain.”

Highway 10 near was shut down near the area while the spill was cleaned-up.

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