31 Mar '14, 1am

Hikers discover unreported oil spill in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument wilderness via @sha…

Oil from an aging Garfield County oil field has contaminated a wash flowing into Utah’s popular Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Hikers traversing Little Valley Wash discovered the 4-mile wide spill on March 22. The group photographed oil-covered sandstone walls, sandy beds and small waterways, and delivered the images to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) who has sent a team to investigate the spill. The Wilderness Society’s Assistant Director of Policy and Planning, Phil Hanceford, believes this spill, which went unreported for some time, illustrates both the carelessness of the responsible company, and the need for the BLM to increase its limited monitoring and enforcement capacity. The oil appears to have been flushed down the wash months ago, but the recent photographs were the first time the BLM was alerted to the problem. This is the second time that of...

Full article: http://wilderness.org/blog/hikers-discover-unreported-oil...

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