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Oil spill leaves sheen on Grand River in Lansing

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm •  Published: April 2, 2013

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cleanup crews were working Tuesday to contain about 300 to 500 gallons of hydraulic fluid that spilled from a Lansing power plant and left a sheen on the Grand River.

The Board of Water and Light installed booms — inflated buoys with pads to absorb the fluid — across the river, said Brad Wurfel, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

It was too soon to assess the spill's effects on the environment, Wurfel told The Associated Press early Tuesday afternoon.

The spill started Sunday night and was blamed on a gasket failure at the utility's Eckert Power Plant near downtown.

Oil-absorbing materials were expected to be in place for several days to collect the oil.

The Board of Water and Light notified state officials and the Environmental Protection Agency about the spill. An EPA crisis manager was on the scene, according to the state.

The utility said it's following standard cleanup procedures following the spill.

"The Board of Water and Light is very responsive in this situation," Wurfel said. "You can't foresee what happens. It's about the response at this point."

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