Crews Work To Keep Diesel From Pristine NorCal River

Cleanup crews are working to keep a diesel spill from seeping into a pristine Northern California waterway about 10 miles south of the Oregon border.

Department of Fish and Game officials said Sunday that workers
mopping up about 4,000 gallons of diesel spilled from a tanker truck last week found fuel in a trench about 50 feet from the Smith River.

The Smith is the last major undammed river in California and a favorite of anglers for its salmon and steelhead stocks.

Fish and Game spokeswoman Carol Singleton said crews had removed
about 100 cubic yards of diesel-soaked soil between the river and
Highway 199. A plastic curtain was also installed along the shoreline to stop any leaks.

Officials said no fuel has been detected in the river so far.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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