65,000 gallons of oil sludge spill into Chicago suburb
A broken holding tank spilled 65,000 gallons of oil sludge and contaminated a 3-mile area in a Chicago suburb, the Start Tribune reported Sunday.
The spill came from a Caterpillar facility in Rockdale, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Six-thousand gallons seeped into the Des Plaines River near Joliet while the rest spilled onto land, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer William Mitchell said.
Though the sludge poses no threat to humans, wildlife is in danger.
The U.S. Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency and local officials are working to contain the sludge, Mitchell said.
Floating barriers were put in place to keep the spill from spreading and trucks will be used to suck up the sludge once the spill is contained.
Caterpillar released a statement saying that â€œan undetermined amount of wastewater has overflowed from a storage area,â€? and that â€œCaterpillar has notified appropriate authorities about this overflow and the company immediately began corrective action when the overflow was discovered.â€?