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An estimated 4,200 gallons of oil leak into Highland creek

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Officials in Highland deployed containment booms Friday to protect Silver Lake, the city’s water source, following a crude oil leak Officials in Highland deployed containment booms Friday to protect Silver Lake, the city’s water source, following a crude oil leak
Officials in Highland deployed containment booms Friday to protect Silver Lake, the city’s water source, following a crude oil leak Officials in Highland deployed containment booms Friday to protect Silver Lake, the city’s water source, following a crude oil leak

HIGHLAND, IL (KMOV.com) – Initial estimates indicate around 4,200 gallons of oil were released in a Highland creek Friday following a crude oil spill from a pipeline pump station.

Officials in Highland deployed containment booms Friday to protect Silver Lake, the city’s water source. According to police, the water supply has not been affected by the spill into Silver Creek. The stream feeds into Silver Lake and is being tested for safety. The spill started at Plains All American Pipeline system's Pocahontas pump station on Baumann Road.

Plains All American Pipeline issued a statement saying "Plains sincerely regrets that this incident has occurred and apologizes for any inconvenience to area residents and impact to the environment.  The company has mobilized a full response, and we are committed to doing everything in in our power to minimize the impact of this release.  Plains’ objectives remain the safety of response personnel and residents as well as an effective response and remediation effort."

Although the flow of oil has been stopped the company is unaware how long the leak continued.

Silver Lake Park is not affected by the closure. The lake has been closed to all recreational and sporting activities to protect workers and equipment dealing with the spill.

Plains All American Pipeline said the oil spill occurred from a small-diameter fitting within the pump station. 

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