Crews clean up hydraulic fuel spill

March 25, 2009 5:32:48 PM PDT
Crews cleaned up a hydraulic fluid spill that made its way into a San Rafael creek today, a fire battalion chief said.

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The spill occurred around 10 a.m. near a storm drain on Las Raposas Road in the area of the Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space Preserve, San Rafael fire Battalion Chief Jeff Buscher said.

Buscher said about 30 gallons of hydraulic fluid entered the storm drain and was carried more than a mile down Gallinas Creek before crews were able to block its path where the creek travels under U.S. Highway 101.

The spill was apparently caused by a problem with the hydraulic system on a truck on Las Raposas Road, Buscher said.

Carol Singleton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Fish and Game, said the department had sent a team out to investigate impacts to the creek, which she said were minimal.

Crews from the fire department, Fish and Game, and Marin Sanitary Service remained at the site of the spill at 1:30 p.m.

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