In this incident on November 30th, 2017, Pro-Enviro and Pro-Tow received a dispatch from Fleetnet for a double trailer tow at 9 – 16th street NW, Auburn, WA. OnSite service trucks, a certified technician and a class A driver with a heavy-duty tractor tow were dispatched to the site. When we arrived at the scene, we found the fuel tank had been damaged and was leaking fuel and needed spill recovery. The leaked fuel was also steadily flowing Northbound and had gone approximately 50 feet.
We immediately began our temporary emergency spill containment protocols for this semi-truck spill recovery. Absorbent pads and granules were applied to the leak to absorb it and contain its flow. We then turned to the source of the leak— the damaged fuel tank. First, we used a diesel fuel pump to remove the remaining fuel. Then, an emergency flow stop patch kit was applied to temporarily patch the leak. Fleetnet let us know that the customer would supply their own tractor and driver to transport their own trailers.
A storm drain and retention pond to the North of the leak was at risk of being contaminated by a steadily approaching stream of spilled fuel. Pro-Enviro reached the storm drain and retention pond before the fuel contaminated either. Once again, absorbent materials were placed on the fuel to absorb it and the spill was contained.
With the spill recovery finished, Pro-Enviro was able to begin cleaning up. The debris, absorbent materials and pumped off fuel were collected and taken to the yard. The tractor was towed to the TEC equipment, while the trailers were towed by the customer.
Afterwards, Pro-Enviro revisited the site for a final check on the storm drains and to make sure the street was back in good condition. Another semi-truck spill recovery successfully completed!