About 100 gallons of oil leak into Clio waterway - WNEM TV 5

About 100 gallons of oil leak into Clio waterway

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CLIO, MI (WNEM) -

An oil spill has polluted Pine Run Creek.

Approximately 100 gallons leaked into the waterway. It was discovered Thursday night by residents in Clio City Park.

The head of the Genesee County Hazmat Unit, Edward Blight, said the spill started at RPM Auto Sales on Mill Street when employees tried to move used oil from one container to another.

“Apparently there was a spill that happened in the last couple of days, and it got into the storm sewers and it ended up migrating into the creek,” Blight said.

One of the flanges on the drum gave away as workers were trying to transport the oil, Clip Police Chief Rick Witham said.

A private contractor has been brought in to clean up the mess. They are collecting the oil from the top of the water via a vacuum system.

The company will work all weekend to clean up the mess.

Police would like residents to stay off the banks of the creek until the mess is cleaned.

The park remains open.

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