Boone’s Second Fish Kill in a Week, This time on Hardin Creek.

Boone’s Second Fish Kill in a Week, This time on Hardin Creek.

Cross-posted from Upper Watauga Riverkeeper

Kerosene in Hardin creek and the industrial strength paper towels being used to clean it up. The red stuff is the kerosene, it is died red so that it can be identified in situations like this.

Here is the kerosene in Hardin creek and the industrial strength paper towels being used to clean it up. The red stuff is the kerosene, it is dyed red so that it can be identified in situations like this.

On July 21, 2010 an oil spill occurred at Mountain Oil Company in Boone, NC. The spill happened at the Mountain Oil facility on King Street.

The day before the spill, one of the workers at Mountain Oil left a maintenance door open on one of the storage tanks. Early the next day a different person began filling that tank with kerosene. The kerosene spilled straight onto the ground, it soaked into the soil and eventually reached the water table, and then it began seeping out into Hardin Creek.

Kerosene in Hardin CreekKerosene in Hardin Creek

Hardin Creek flows behind the Toyota Dealership, underneath the Regal Cinema, and then goes under King Street and flows next to the new high school, before reaching the South Fork of the New River.

Cleanup efforts continue at the Mountain Oil facility, and on Hardin Creek. Mountain Oil is paying for cleanup costs.

Clean up efforts continue in Hardin CreekClean up efforts continue in Hardin Creek

Much of the aquatic life in Hardin Creek has been killed by this event. However, there are still some fish and other things living. Since the kerosene floats on top of the water, rather than mixing with it, the ecological effects of this spill have not been as bad as the one on Hodges Creek earlier in the week. On the other hand, this spill is longer lasting, since the oil soaked into the ground it has been leaching out slowly into the creek.

Here is a short video that Kara made explaining the spill and the clean up.

Check back here for more updates and check out this short story from the Watauga Democrat.

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Boone’s Second Fish Kill in a Week, This time on Hardin Creek.

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