Crews removing oil after March 21 tanker crash and spill
A major cleanup has been ongoing in the Cuyama River for nearly two weeks to remove more than 4,000 gallons of oil spilled when a tank trailer overturned.
The California Office of Spill Prevention and Response said nearly all of the spilled oil on the surface has been removed from the river two miles downstream of the March 21 tanker truck accident the oil/water mix will be quantified in the coming days as it fully separates. The rocks and soil are also being cleaned at the accident site and along the shoreline.
The Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) remains on-scene with resources to capture and care for impacted wildlife. So far, several mallard ducks have died, but other animals, including turtles and frogs, have been rescued and cleaned up, Office of Spill Prevention and Response said.
Nearly 80 people have been involved in the cleanup.