Truck rolls on Mamm Creek Road
SILT – A Hydrovac truck, used to suck up mud on natural-gas drilling sites, rolled over Monday at the intersection of Mamm Creek Road and Jenkins Cutoff near Silt.The truck, which was contracted with EnCana Oil & Gas USA, was leaking a then-unidentified substance, said Jim Sears, the emergency operations commander for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.”EnCana did respond,” Sears said. “They told the deputy the substance was not hazardous, just water and dirt.”EnCana environmental specialists visited the site to make sure the cleanup was successful, said Sher Long, the landowner relations coordinator for EnCana. Merkley Trucking, out of Vernal, Utah, owns the truck and conducted the cleanup.”We had no hazardous material on board,” said Scot Merkley, who owns the company. “It was just mud.”The driver and a passenger in the truck were taken to Grand River Medical Center in Rifle. Merkley said they suffered minor injuries.”As far as we know,” Merkley said, “the turn just snuck up on him.”This incident comes on the heels of a tanker rollover on Dry Hollow Road last week. That hazardous-materials cleanup of an oil byproduct from gas drilling took several days.Contact Amanda Holt Miller: 625-3245, ext. email@example.com
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