Corp of Engineers Reports
by Associated Press
The Army Corps of Engineers reported yet another oil spill from The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River.
The Corps said less than 15 gallons of hydraulic oil leaked from the dam on Saturday.
The Corps said response crews placed containment booms around the oil spill to keep it from moving downstream. The sheen eventually dissipated.
Dam officials say Saturday's spill was related to another small leak on May 18.
The Corps has been under pressure from state regulators and environmentalists for multiple small oil spills from Columbia dams.
A week ago, Washington state officials cited the Corps for more than 33 spills at nine dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers over the past five years.
In one of the largest spills, about 2,000 gallons of transformer oil leaked from The Dalles Dam in January.
Department of Ecology: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/spills.html
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