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Jan 9, 2012 2:56 PM by Greg Boyce

Work crews spread over two miles in clean up effort

Work crews are spread over a two mile area in downtown Pueblo trying to retrieve diesel fuel that spilled from a tanker truck early this morning.

The truck was at the 1st Stop convenience store at 7th and Grand overnight when an estimated 83 gallons of fuel spilled.  It went into the storm drain system and proceeded toward the Riverwalk.

Clean up crews are now removing man hole covers and using pumps to remove any fuel they can find.  At the same time a boom has been set up at the east end of the Riverwalk to contain the fuel.  Runyon Lake, another mile downstream has been closed to the public as workers use absorbant pads to soak up the fuel.  Runyon Lake is adjacent to the Arkansas River and workers do not want the fuel to get that far.

There is no danger to the Pueblo water supply since Pueblo's water treatment plant is far upstream.

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