Oil spill closes Burien’s Arbor Lake to fishing and recreation
The City of Burien is reporting that Monday morning (Feb. 13), a resident reported a small oil spill in Arbor Lake.
The City has since closed the lake for all fishing and recreation.
City crews – joined by pollution cleanup experts National Response Corporation (NRC) – assessed the damage and began cleanup by placing oil-absorbent materials in the lake. These materials will be in the lake until the end of February.
Immediate efforts have successfully cleaned up the majority of the spilled materials, the City said. Residual material will be removed by the absorbent pads over the next week or two. No harm to wildlife is expected. At this time, the source of the spill is unknown.
The City has begun to investigate the source of the spill.
“Thank you to the resident who notified the City of the spill,” the City added. “We rely on our residents to help us keep our city clean!”
As many Readers may recall, a large cooking oil spill in a White Center retention pond in 2015 was caused by a leak from a local food manufacturer. Cost for response efforts and cleanup work totaled $333,729 for that, with about $250,000 dedicated to wildlife response.
Arbor Lake is located at 12380 2nd Ave South: