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Illegally dropped oil barrels rupture, 50 gallons of 200-gallon oil spill drain into Monument Creek

Posted at 1:40 PM, Jan 12, 2023

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs Fire Department is working on a hazmat situation near Garden of the Gods and Nevada Ave.

According to CSPD, 200 gallons of used oil were spilled after city crews found two abandoned oil barrels. As crews attempted to remove the barrels they ruptured spilling into the storm drain.

Heavy traffic can be expected in the area as Garden of the Gods is down to one lane in both east and westbound directions.

Multiple agencies have reported to the scene to monitor the situation. Colorado Parks and Wildlife responded to the scene Thursday afternoon and will continue to monitor the situation in the coming days.

A CPW Team spent hours Thursday afternoon walking up and down Monument Creek searching for any fish or wildlife impacted by the oil spill.

As of Thursday afternoon crews were able to skim 30 gallons of oil out of the creek so far. Colorado Springs Utilities says the spill causes no threat to the city's drinking water.

Max D'Onofrio, the Public Information Officer for the City of Colorado Springs updated the current situation Friday afternoon. Crews will continue to monitor the situation as long as necessary, however, they plan to have clean up finished within the next day or two.

Crews have identified the "big impact" and are hopeful as of the 200 gallons spilled approximately 50 gallons spilled into the storm drain and drained into Monument Creek.

CSPD has advised anyone in the area who may have seen the incident as it occurred to call dispatch at (719)-444-7000.

News5 will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.

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