Vandals cause oil spill in downtown Portales
January 25, 2018 06:25 PM
PORTALES, N.M. – A major mineral oil spill in Portales Thursday morning had officials closing off an area of downtown.
Portales police say there was a break-in at J.D. Heiskell & Co. building and the suspects opened a valve on a tank that released several thousand gallons of food grade mineral oil.
Crews had to sand down First and Second streets between Boulder and Abeline. Portales Police say crews acted quickly and were able to keep the oil from getting into the water system. Crews had the oil contained later in the afternoon.
The department is now consulting with the District Attorney's Office to see what charges could follow for those who caused the spill and see leave it up to a judge to decide if restitution for the clean up would be required.
Updated: January 25, 2018 06:25 PM
Created: January 25, 2018 08:33 AM
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