Oil field waste spill lingers near San Diego

Oil field waste spill lingers near San Diego by Mark Collette, August 2, 2012, Corpus Christi Caller Times
A spill of oil field drilling mud on State Highway 44 in Jim Wells County took more than 24 hours to clean because the waste hauler was struggling to pay for the cleanup, a county environmental officer said. A tractor-trailer spilled more than 40 gallons of the slick, diesel-based fluid about 1 p.m. Wednesday, prompting closure of one lane of the highway at the eastern edge of San Diego, officer Hector Zertuche said. … The sudden demand for more waste haulers throughout the 30-county region has drawn more independent truckers into the business who sometimes don’t have the required permits or know the rules for transporting the waste, which contains diesel fuel and heavy metals. It’s used to lubricate wells and lift drill cuttings to the surface.

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