Work Continues on Oil That Entered Ground, Storm Drains in Rancho Park

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Clean-up crews from several city agencies continue to work on the approximately 1,000 gallons of oil that seeped into the ground beneath a freeway overpass in Rancho Park Tuesday, with 20 to 40 gallons escaping into a storm drain before Los Angeles Fire Department personnel contained the seepage.

Firefighters responded to the 2800 block of South Sepulveda Boulevard, near the San Diego (405) Freeway, around 5:54 p.m. Monday  and discovered oil coming out of the ground at a rate of approximately 3 to 5 gallons per minute, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

They then requested a vacuum truck from the waste management company Clean Harbors and sand from the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services to help mitigate environmental effects of the flow of the oil, Prange said.

There is no anticipated widespread public hazard, Prange said.

An LAFD truck arrived to position the sand to provide additional material to protect the drains and the environment, Prange said.

Multiple oil pipes run through the area and various agencies are working together to determine which line was compromised.

No injuries were reported. Sepulveda Boulevard is shut down in both directions in the vicinity of the spill for an unknown duration.

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