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West Creek just east of Gateway, Mesa County, Colorado.
Background: On January 25, 2013, a Groendyke Transport, Inc. truck spilled 6,000 gallons of gasoline and 2,000 gallons of diesel product into West Creek just east of Gateway, Mesa County, Colorado. The tanker rolled over an embankment, releasing the fuel into the creek before exploding. The fire caused by the explosion travelled approximately three quarters of a mile downstream. The fire was eventually contained, but oil was visible along approximately 3.4 miles of West Creek on the waters surface as well as rocks, plants, and woody debris.
The Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (Natural Resource Trustees) conducted a Natural Resource Damage Assessment to determine the effects of the spill and potential restoration projects.
As described in more detail located in the public documents section, the Incident and subsequent response activities resulted in injuries to natural resources and their ecological services, including aquatic and riparian habitats and recreational uses (i.e. recreational fishing).