Monday, March 14, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. CDT
- Crews are continuing their work removing crude oil from the Cahokia diversion channel today. Boom remains in place at several locations along the channel to contain the crude. Boats are now being deployed on the channel to assist in the retrieval of oil from the water.
- As of Monday, March 14, at 10 a.m. Central Time, approximately 5,900 barrels of water and oil mixture has been recovered from the Cahokia diversion channel. Approximately 150 cubic yards of oily soil has been removed for proper disposal.
- Repair on the line is underway.
- There have been reports of odors near areas affected by the release, and air monitoring resources continue to be deployed in the area as a precaution. Air monitoring has detected no hazardous level of emissions. No injuries have been reported.
Wildlife resource and recovery efforts
- We take any impact to wildlife as a result of this crude oil release seriously. Environmental remediation staff have been on the scene since Friday, March 11, actively engaged 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.
- Veterinary staff is on site to assist expert consultants and environmental agencies in the treatment of the animals. Animals are being cleaned and experts are working to rehabilitate the animals safely.
- We are also using audible deterrents to keep wildlife away from the affected area.
- MPL is 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 Madison County, Illinois, Conservation Officer Robert Liebl at 618-444-1540.
- The top priorities of the Edwardsville Response are to ensure the safety of responders, the community and to limit environmental impact as we respond to the release and conduct cleanup activities.
- An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the release.
- For updated information on the Edwardsville Response, go to mpcresponds.news.