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Authorities Clean Up Wayne County Oil Spill

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Authorities are cleaning up hundreds of gallons of oil that spilled from a well in Wayne County, and leaked into the Chickasawhay River.

213 barrels of oil spilled from a well owned by Logan Oil.

The company notified Wayne County officials of the spill on June 28.

Joseph Dunlap of the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency, says oil flowed roughly four miles down the Chickasawhay River, which is located about one mile from the oil field.

Mississippi Oil and Gas Board (MSOGB) field director Allen Floyd says the spill had been contained, and its environmental effects were expected to be "minimal."

Floyd says the spill happened because of an equipment malfunction. It's still under investigation.

"The spill has been contained. There have been small amounts of oil as far down as ten miles from where the oil entered the river," says Floyd.

MSOGB is one of many organizations overseeing the cleanup.

Currently workers have "booms" placed throughout the river and creeks flowing into the Chickasawhay. These devices catch oil, and will stay in the river for several weeks.

"Most of the oil was contained in the creek within the first three miles of the river," says Floyd.

Cleanup crews are also removing trees and soil impacted by the spill.

"It's about 600 feet of land to the first creek. After the first 600 feet most of the oil will be in water which will be removed," says Floyd.

Vacuum trucks will suck the oil out of the water, and tractor hoes will remove the oil from the land.

"The bulk of the cleanup should be done within the next three or four days," says Floyd.

By Friday the spill cleanup is expected to go from emergency, to maintenance and monitoring mode.

Floyd says there have been no reports of fish or animals killed by the spill.

He tells us the water outside of the spill should be safe for recreational use this holiday, but advises people to check with local officials to see if the status of the river changes.

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