Hydraulic oil spill in Lake Moultrie cleaned quickly
A minor hydraulic oil spill that occurred the morning of Sept. 17 in Rediversion Canal near St. Stephen was contained quickly.
The spill occurred during routine maintenance on a turbine at the power plant off U.S.-52, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Specialist Sean McBride.
“We had cut it off before it went down canal,” McBride said. “Additional booms vacuumed it up and pulled it toward the vacuum.
“It was just a fast response. In April we updated our spill response plan. It had been recently reviewed and everyone knew the procedures. We were able to quickly deploy our oil absorbent boom.”
The number of gallons spilled has not been determined, McBride said.
The spill consisted of turbine governor hydraulic oil, which is considerably less toxic than other types of oil, according to McBride. He added that it has yet to be determined if any wildlife was harmed in the incident.
“We’re still in the review stage figuring out what happened,” McBride said Friday. “Everything was cleaned up … they are finished and moved on out of there. No residents lost power. The power plant provides power, but it’s not a direct power source to certain homes.
“It’s part of the Santee Cooper power grid. The power plant generates power for about 30,000 homes.”