News Release 089

Department of Natural Resources directs cleanup following release of 700-800 gallons of diesel fuel in Randolph County

Volume 38-089 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 3, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is directing the cleanup of an estimated 700-800 gallons of fuel released from a storage tank at a Randolph County farm.

The department's emergency response line was contacted shortly before 9:30 a.m. by a representative of Brownfield Oil, Moberly, who reported that an above ground fuel storage tank owned by the company but located on property at 4602 State Route EE owned by Jack Franklin had lost an estimated 700-800 gallons of agricultural fuel onto the ground.

Brownfield Oil has put down absorbent material to clean up, and constructed a berm to contain, the fuel, which is not threatening any known waterways. Eventual cleanup will include removal and replacement of the contaminated soil.

The department has dispatched an environmental emergency responder from its Northeast Regional Office in Macon to oversee the cleanup.

The Environmental Emergency Response section is called to the scene of more than 300 emergencies each year, including fires, traffic accidents, leaking storage tanks and other incidents that could have a negative environmental impact. The department's 24-hour spill line receives more than 1,600 incident reports annually.

To report an environmental emergency, including fuel spills, please contact the spill line at 573-634-2436. For more information contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at