Diesel sheen reported on Lake Washington
Sunday, October 9, 2011
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Responders worked to contain a diesel oil sheen on Lake Washington off Kirkland.
The sheen was reported about 10 a.m. Sunday and measured about 100 feet by 30 feet. The state Ecology Department, Kirkland Fire Department and King County Sheriff's Office arrived and deployed 900 feet of oil containment boom.
The diesel appeared to have entered the lake through two storm drains. Responders plugged the drains to keep more diesel from entering the lake and were investigating the source of the oil.
Ecology officials say all diesel spills cause environmental damage, regardless of size, and a single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water.