Thursday March 17, 2022, at 3 p.m. CDT
- Marathon Pipeline crews continue to work along the Cahokia diversion channel and other areas affected by the crude oil release. Boom will remain in place at several locations along the channel and response efforts will continue until the cleanup process is complete.
- The response team is prepared to continue operations in the event of rain. Conditions will be monitored to ensure safety of the response crews, the public and the environment. We are working with all responding agencies to coordinate operations during any upcoming weather events.
- Remediation and restoration work continues in the affected area. The public is asked to avoid the recovery zone for the safety of the responders, the community and to limit environmental impact.
- Federal agencies are conducting the investigation to determine the cause of the release.
- The top priorities of the Edwardsville Response are:
- to ensure the safety of responders and the community
- and to limit environmental impact as MPL responds to the release and conducts cleanup activities.
Wildlife response update
- MPL takes any impact to wildlife due to this crude oil release seriously. Since Friday, March 11, environmental remediation experts have brought resources and personnel on scene to actively engage in the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife that have been affected by oil. The spill area is being monitored 24 hours a day for impacted wildlife.
- Additional expert wildlife rescue personnel have been called in to join the current team of expert consultants and environmental agencies tasked with the care and treatment of impacted wildlife.
- Audible deterrent is being used to keep any animals from entering the affected area.
- MPL is covering all expenses related to the wildlife rehabilitation effort and providing all needed resources to recover and rehabilitate impacted wildlife. Volunteers are not needed at this time.
- If any member of the public encounters wildlife that has been impacted by oil, they should not approach the animals themselves, as they could be dangerous. Please call 302-363-5086 to report sightings of impacted wildlife.
Please look to previous updates for more information on the Edwardsville Response at www.mpcresponds.news.