Jet fuel spill cleanup begins near Hayden | CraigDailyPress.com

Jet fuel spill cleanup begins near Hayden

Craig Press staff report

Emergency responders work at the scene of a tanker rollover last Friday night east of Hayden.

HAYDEN ­— Cleanup began this week on a fuel spill outside Hayden. The spill occurred Feb. 2, after a tanker carrying jet fuel to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport rolled over and leaked between 80 and 100 gallons of jet fuel into a culvert on U.S. Highway 40.

Savage Sweets Inc., the Salt Lake City trucking company that owned the tanker, is responsible for the clean up. The company has sub-contracted Belfor Environmental to rehabilitate the site.

Contaminated soil will be excavated and disposed of. Before digging could begin, however, the company sampled the soil to determine the level of contamination. Once Belfor has these results, the company will decide where the soil will be disposed of, based on its level of contamination.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Eric Westphal said the company took soil samples from the scene this week. It could be several weeks before results come back and the clean up process advances to excavation.

In the meantime, booms are set up in the area to absorb any additional contamination.