Crews cleaning up after oil spill into Trinity River in Madison County

Posted at 11:50 AM, Jun 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-16 12:50:12-04

Crews are working on containment and cleaning up after an oil spill into the Trinity River in Madison County.

A Railroad Commission of Texas official says they were notified about the spill in the Trinity River flood plain on June 8.

The operator, EEXP, estimates about 200 barrels of oil spilled when tank batteries, which are about one mile away from the Trinity River, started pumping river flood water into the tanks, which overflowed.

The Railroad Commission of Texas has been overseeing the containment and clean up process. They say protection of public safety and natural resources is their highest priority, and they will "continue to monitor the clean up to ensure public safety and protection of our natural environment."

Horizon Environmental has been retained to conduct "remediation", according to Railroad Commission records.