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Pct. 2 commissioner has clean-up problems
San Jacinto News- Times - July 2008

SHEPHERD – San Jacinto County Pct. 2 Commissioner Royce Wells is awaiting soil sample results ordered by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) before fi nalizing the clean-up of two oil spill sites on county property in Shepherd. TCEQ inspector Kristie Lemmons said Tuesday that Wells was instructed to create an earthen berm around soil on county property that was contaminated with oil that had leaked from a front-end loader parked on the property on Loop 424. Lemmons also inspected another oil spill at the Pct. 2 garbage compactor site, which is being cleaned.

Claiming that he had already talked to TCEQ about the spills before Lemmons inspected the sites last week, Wells said he fi rst excavated about four inches of soil from the sites but later had to go back and excavate more because tests indicated the oil had soaked into the soil more than four inches deep. “We then went down to 12 inches and created the berm, or dyke, around the site at the Pct. 2 barn until more test results can be obtained,” Wells said. The berm was created to keep run-off from the contaminated soil from spreading in the event of rain.

Once the test results come back clean, the contaminated soil will be removed to an authorized disposal site, according to Wells. “The front-end loader only leaked two or three gallons of oil from two leaking pistons,” Wells said. Wells said oil at the garbage compactor site leaked from a dumpster that had cracks in the bottom. “As soon as we get test results back we will dispose of the contaminated soil properly,” Wells said.



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