On August 10, 2008, a 20-inch diameter underground pipeline ruptured and discharged about 5,000 barrels of crude oil over a short period onto the surface and into a bottomland forest wetland complex.  The wetland complex is situated in the floodplain of Elm Creek in rural southern Illinois.  The response was immediate and the responsible party, Marathon, was able to contain the crude oil within a relatively small area of the wetland complex.  It was necessary to construct dams and roads into the bottomlands to transport the heavy equipment that removed the oil from the surface water.  The spill site was cleaned up under supervision of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. 

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Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Ecological Services,
Environmental Response and Restoration
Additional Role(s)
Environmental Response and Restoration
Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration,
Spill Response


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The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...
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We provide national leadership in the protection and restoration of fish, wildlife, and habitats that have been threatened or injured by oil discharges, releases of hazardous substances, or other emerging contaminants of concern.


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The Illinois-Iowa Field Office is the home of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, for the states of Illinois and Iowa. Ecological Services at the Illinois-Iowa Field Office includes the following programs: Endangered Species, Environmental Response and Restoration,...