More than 4,200 gallons of crude oil spills into Lake Texoma

James Vincent, an Environmental specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers says the oil had been leaking since sometime Wednesday night. (KXII photo)
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(KXII) The Oklahoma Corporation Commission says in the last 24 hours, more than 4,200 gallons of crude oil and more than 1,600 gallons of produced water spilled into a creek that flows right into Lake Texoma.

"We got a call this morning from Godfrey Oil Properties, they called to let us know that they lost about 40 barrels of produced water, and 100 barrels of crude oil," said Sarah Terry-Cobo with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Terry-Cobo said the crude oil and a byproduct of oil and gas with a high salt content, leaked off of a work site and into Elm Creek, near Bridgeview Resot in Madill, Okla., about half a mile away from Lake Texoma on Thursday.

Terry-Cobo said Godfrey Oil hired Dillon Environmental an Ardmore-based contracting firm to place containment booms on the lake, to trap the oil.

James Vincent, an Environmental specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers says the oil had been leaking since sometime Wednesday night.

"Oil production equipment associated with oil production upstream began leaking sometime last night, and resulted in the spilling in the oil and produced water," said James Vincent.

Vincent says he and his team are placing smaller absorbent booms or barriers on Elm Creek to help stop the water before reaching the bigger ones placed out on Lake Texoma.