OIL SPILL

Clean up crews from numerous agencies are on scene of an oil spill approximately 11 miles northwest of Fairview.

According to Sam Montoya, XTO EHS&R Manager with XTO Energy and Mid-Continent Division, the spill occurred after valves to load lines to four separate well locations were opened, but it is unclear when or how that occurred.

The opened valves triggered the release of a still undetermined amount of barrels of oil as well as salt water.

Montoya did confirm the spill was quick in duration, with the majority of the spill being the contents of the lines. Although he could not comment on how many barrels spilled during the incident, he did say a “significant amount” of spilled material had been collected today.

Though most of the spill occurred on top of the ground, an undetermined amount of oil and salt water did enter a nearby creek.

The initial response to the call occurred yesterday and crews have been in a recovery mode since the damage was discovered.

The incident is being investigated by Major County Sheriff’s Deputy Wes Mongold, as well as XTO Security personnel.

An investigation is ongoing, and if anyone has information on the spill or anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area, you are being urged to contact Major County Sheriff’s Department at 227-4471.

Fairview Republican will post additional details when they become available.

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