Summary Information
(last updated on: 8/14/2019 10:11:23 AM)
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and BNSF Railway are responding to a diesel spill caused by a freight train derailment along the BNSF railway outside Madras, just north of Trout Creek. An estimated 4,000 gallons of diesel from the fuel tank of one engine have released to the ground. While the diesel has not reached Trout Creek, as a precaution first responders have deployed absorbent boom to capture any diesel in case it were to reach the creek. Trout Creek is a tributary of the Deschutes River. The spill is about a mile from the Bureau of Land Management’s Trout Creek Campground along the Deschutes River. Five engines—which have diesel fuel tanks—and one railcar carrying vehicles derailed. Responders reported that as of Monday morning, it appeared that only one engine’s fuel tank was punctured and released fuel. The cause of the derailment is currently unknown. The train was carrying mixed cargo. DEQ, EPA and BNSF are coordinating in a “unified command” to address the spill. DEQ will continue to post online updates on the response and cleanup.

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General Site Information
Site: BNSF Trout Creek Spill (ECSI Site ID: 6372) CERCLIS (EPA) Id
Project Manager: Alan Yankey Investigative Status:Contamination Suspected
PM Phone: (541) 633-2023 NPL(National Priority Listing):No
Address: NE Coleman Road Is this site an Orphan?No
Madras, Is this site a brownfield?No
County: JEFFERSON Action Underway or Needed: SITE INVESTIGATION
Region: Eastern Region Click for more details ...  
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SpillReportExample-20.pdf Reports 2.9378 8/14/2019 8/15/2019
WolfCreekMonitoringPlan-2018-2376.pdf Work Plans 0.7147 8/14/2019 8/15/2019
DrillWorkPlanExample.pdf Work Plans 2.1434 8/14/2019 8/15/2019
Hwy 38 MP 21 LongTermMonPlanFinal_rev1105-1Final.pdf Work Plans 0.1408 8/14/2019 8/15/2019
AttachA_MWPlan_08102019_FINAL.pdf Work Plans 0.0864 8/14/2019 8/15/2019
Seep-Spring Assessment Work Plan_032520.pdf Work Plans 13.5340 3/25/2020 4/3/2020
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