On September 18, 2019, when this semi-truck and trailer jackknifed on the Interstate 5, it crashed into the guard rails. Because of the damage, both engine oil and diesel fuel spilled all over the highway during a busy traffic time. Team Pro-Enviro was called to the scene to execute effective semi truck spill recovery. We estimate about 200 gallons of hazardous fuel and oil was spilled in this incident.
Protecting Waterways Is A Priority
When Pro-Enviro arrives at the scene to perform semi truck spill recovery, we create a comprehensive spill clean up plan. One of the first things we look for is any potential contamination to nearby waterways. If there are storm drains close to the spill, we work quickly to contain the spill and clean it up before it gets into the storm drain.
If fuel enters the storm drain, it can pollute the waterways. Not only is this an expensive and very involved remediation task, it can also come with fines from the local government to the company that owns the truck. More than that, it can cause great harm to the environment.
Spilled Fuel Is Absorbed
We use a product called Oil Gator to help absorb and contain spills during a typical semi truck spill recovery call. It’s made from recycled, chemically modified cellulose fibers. Phosphorous, nitrogen and sulfur help the hydrocarbons in the spill to biodegrade. The sawdust-like product absorbs the hazardous fluid, and then consumes the harmful hydrocarbon. Once consumed, the fuel or oil will not be able to leach into the soil or into water sources.