Tanker truck overturns, spills on Dry Hollow Road south of Silt
Post Independent Staff
Fumes filled the air and a yellow substance formed puddles along the Dry Hollow roadside south of Silt after a tanker overturned Monday.
The spill occurred six miles up Dry Hollow Road around noon, causing a seven-hour road closure covering a half-mile radius. A truck reportedly carrying 189 barrels of what may have been produced water and condensates (a crude oil byproduct of natural-gas drilling) wrecked, causing the spill, said Garfield County oil and gas auditor Doug Dennison.
Gary Gagne, who lives at 6538 Dry Hollow Road, said he first heard about the accident on his police scanner. Rushing home to check on his three dogs and two cats, Gagne said he was within 25 feet of his driveway when a plainclothes traffic controller directed his vehicle away from the site.
“For my wife and I, our pets are like our kids,” said Gagne, who has lived on Dry Hollow Road for nine years. “The worse thing about this is I have no sense of smell ” I lost it in a bad car accident. I got home to shut off the pilot light.”
Gagne said he saw two hazardous materials trucks near the scene of the accident but was unable to find out more information about the spill.
“I saw two guys come down wearing respirators or gas masks; I’m not sure what they were wearing but they were definitely masks. That just sort of adds to my worries. What do I do?” Gagne said. “I’m very upset that I’m not getting phone calls. There’s nothing more scarier than when the gas industry leaves us uninformed.”
Monday’s accident involved a Basin Western service truck that had picked up condensate from an EnCana well, said Doug Hock, EnCana’s director of public and community relations.
“It’s their responsibility, but obviously we want to make sure the proper authorities are contacted and made aware of it,” Hock said.
Information on whether the tanker driver was injured was not available by Monday night.
” Dennis Webb contributed to this report.
Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518
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