Oil spill in Wolf Pen Creek contained, remediation of creek continues

KBTX News 3 at Six(Recurring)
Published: Feb. 23, 2023 at 6:45 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2023 at 10:58 AM CST
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - Friday morning, the City of College Station said the oil spill into Wolf Pen Creek that started Wednesday is contained.

The College Station Fire Department was out at Wolf Pen Creek park Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning after oil was found in the creek. Residents reported seeing an oil sheen and sludge in the creek.

The College Station Fire Department brought out hazmat equipment to treat the creek and says they were able to get most of it cleaned up.

The city said water from an apartment complex traveled across the pavement of an auto repair shop, “collecting and discharging spilled motor oil.”

Alexander Neal walks through Wolf Pen Creek almost every day and he alerted the fire department about the oil.

“There’s potential for large impacts here to the vegetation, to the invertebrates and the fish that live in this creek. If anyone’s animal or dog happens to drink this water that could be very bad,” said Neal.

The oil spill was fixed at the auto shop, but remediation of the creek continues.

“There is no evidence at this time that the spill poses environmental or health concerns, but further testing is being conducted,” said David Vaughn, Engineering Program Specialist, Planning and Development Services for the City of College Station.