Fort Smith monitoring park, stream after diesel fuel leak

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP)   Fort Smith officials say they're continuing to monitor environmental conditions at a park where 250 gallons of diesel fuel leaked into soil and a nearby stream last month.

Since the leak at Creekmore Park was reported on Jan. 20, crews have removed contaminated soil around a 500-gallon fuel tank and stream. Fuel from the tank was used to operate a now-discontinued train.

Travis Cooper, the deputy director of Sebastian County's emergency management office, tells the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette the spilled fuel ran through about a quarter-mile of the stream. Cooper said the stream forked in different directions and ran through pipes in some spots before stopping dozens of feet from a creek.

City Administrator Carl Geffken says workers are inspecting the site several times a day.


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