Salmon Creek Diesel Spill
What we’ve been worried about has happened. Apparently a large diesel spill has occurred on Hacker Creek, tributary of Salmon Creek. A convey of Dept. of Fish and Game as well as other officials is attempting to access it today. They tried yesterday and were unable to find the place from the Salmon Creek side. They went through the Briceland road, found the spill, and, because road access is through this watershed, are coming through our roads today.
Wayne Stark, our local fire official, is in touch with Fish and Game. He has agreed to be interviewed later today by me and I will post information as it becomes available.
UPDATE: I spoke to Lt. John Wilcox of the Dept. of Fish and Game just before 2PM today. He said that the Department received an anonymous phone tip. He responded and has found red diesel possibly from a fuel tank, although that has yet to be determined, in Hacker Creek. All the agencies concerned with water quality are on site. They have mostly contained the spill to the property where the damage happened. At this time, it does not appear likely to cause problems further downstream and into Salmon Creek.
They aren’t ready to release the name of the property owner or declare whether or not any arrests have been made.
KMUD is saying that the Dept. of Environmental Health is deeply concerned about the spill and wants Salmon Creek land owners to pull all water lines below the Hacker Creek confluence. This contradicts Fish and Game and I’m waiting on a call to Melissa Martell of Environmental Health to confirm this information.
Brenda Godsey of the Humboldt Co. Sheriff’s Dept. that the source of the spill was a generator powering a dismantled indoor grow and they are now seeking a search warrant for the place.
I have now spoken to Melissa Martell. At this point, no one should be drinking water taken from Hacker Creek and its confluence with Salmon Creek all the way to where Thomas Rd. crosses the water–by the Gribi Gate.
Link to Times Standard Article
Link to the Hazardous Materials Spill Report–apparently a report that was created off the anonymous call.
Link to KMUD info from Friday the 16th news at 6 pm. The Anonymous caller apparently smelled diesel and tracked the smell to its source. Spill was likely 1000 gallon tank emptied into ground. It seeped out of the ground and pooled into the creek. The local Water agencies have a contractor on site cleaning up. The effort could “take months.”
Link to Eureka Reporter
latitude and longitude for Hacker Creek as a whole–I don’t have the co-ordinates of the spill itself.
Clearer Map on the right side is a drawing with a red pin. Click hybrid in the tabs. Click the plus sign 3 times. Click and hold down left hand mouse. Move pin to upper right hand corner. Hacker Creek title appears along the waterway. You can follow that to near the headwaters which is where the spill is located.
Excellent New information in Times Standard article for Saturday, May 17th.
Humboldt County News seems to give the grower’s perspective on many posts. Here is the writer’s view of the Hacker Creek spill.