In the Medford fire, 12,000 gallons of petroleum products were spilled

In the Medford fire, 12,000 gallons of petroleum products were spilled ...

A fire at a gas station in Medford on Tuesday has started environmental cleanup.

During the incident, roughly 12,000 gallons of different petroleum products, mostly lube oil, were released into nearby Bear Creek and surrounding areas.

The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and NEXGEN Logistics, LLC are working on the cleanup, which involves less than usual amounts of diesel, gasoline, and kerosene. Absorbent booms have been placed in the creek to assist absorb the oil.

Tanks at the fuel industry were being emptied. DEQ said the containers remained substantially intact.

Officials claim that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have taken and cleaned several oiled waterfowl under surveillance.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established community air quality monitors, which have stated that the air has maintained high levels.

The Mail Tribune reported that on Friday, Medford's city identified seven businesses affected by the fire.

Authorities are looking into the cause of the fire.

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