System to deal with Cross Timbers spill is apparently working

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2001

KENAI (AP) -- A system to separate oil from water that was set up after a spill was discovered in Cook Inlet appears to be working, said Doug Lentsch, general manager of Cook Inlet Spill Prevention Response Inc.

''I can't even see a sheen in the drums we set up,'' Lentsch said Monday.

On Saturday, employees from Cross Timbers Oil Co. hooked up a temporary plastic outfall line to the broken end of a pipe that failed. The line directs produced water to the beach where it enters the system that was set up by CISPRI on Sunday.

The system uses a half culvert to direct the produced water to two drums filled with absorbent pompons. The pompons absorb the crude in the produced water, while the cleaned water is directed into a sprinkler pipe which then spreads it evenly over the beach.

The corroded outfall pipe was discovered Wednesday afternoon. There is no estimate of how much fluid came from the broken pipe.

Under a federal Environmental Protection Agency permit, Cross Timbers is permitted to pump produced water into Cook Inlet.

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