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Workers Scramble to Contain Oil Spill at Shasta Dam

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Aug 16 2012 08:47:16 PM CDT

An oil spill at the Shasta Dam has several government agencies scrambling to keep it from disturbing wildlife.

The Bureau of Reclamation said an oil spill happened Wednesday around 1 p.m.

The oil has spread from the dam some eight miles to the Keswick Dam Boat Launch.

The Bureau of Reclamation said the oil is no longer coming out of the dam, but it's too early to tell how much has spilled.

The Department of Fish and Game set up an absorbent boom at the boat launch.

It's a line of material that lays across the water and soaks up the oil.

A spokesperson with the Bureau of Reclamation said engineers are investigating where the spill originated but right now they believe it might've started at the hydraulic operating system which is the spill valves that let water out of the dam. 

It's unknown how long it will take for all the oil to get cleaned up but Fish and Game said the oil will never completely be out of the water because it gets caught in the vegetation.

The department also said it's too early to know how this will affect wildlife in the area in the long run.

We'll continue to look into this developing story and bring you updates.