Atlas Oil Spill Map

More than 16,000 gallons of red diesel spilled from a frac tank at the Atlas Oil Company facility Sunday and leached into Dry Creek through a storm drainage system. Several agencies were working to clean up the diesel Tuesday and Wednesday.

Alfred Sierra, 75, and his wife Anita have lived on Old Goliad Road for three decades, but he said this week had been the busiest he has ever seen the rural Victoria County road.

“I have never seen so many different people out here,” he said. “Cops, fire engines — seen about everything.”

Diesel Spill

Red diesel covers a section of Dry Creek near Old Goliad Road. More than 16,000 gallons of red diesel spilled from a frac tank at Atlas Oil about a mile from the creek. The fuel, which is lighter than water, rises to the top.

Atlas Oil Company

Atlas Oil Company's Victoria location is located at 808 Bob White Road in Victoria County. The business operates nationally as a fuel supply and distribution company.

Dry Creek Berms

Clean-up crews are using berms, straw hay and absorbent pads to keep contaminated waters from flowing further down Dry Creek.

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Chase Rogers covers breaking news and public safety for The Victoria Advocate. He graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor's in mass communications and journalism. Chase can be reached at 361-574-1286, crogers@vicad.com or on Twitter.

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