SAN ANGELO, TX -- Following Saturday's crash involving an 18-wheeler carrying more than 100 barrels of crude oil that spilled across Red Creek bridge along SH 208 and into the creek sending the driver to the hospital who wasn't badly injured, the question has been will the spill have any impact on the area?
On Monday Phoenix Energy Services, LLC out of Andrews, TX made its way to the Concho Valley to clean up the oil spill.
According to Phoenix Energy Services, LLC representative Victor Lujan today's objective was to make sure the roads were safe to drive on and that there were no other environmental risks.
Interestingly enough the spill will not have any impact on the land says Lujan.
"Oil does actually work as a fertilizer. It's going to be diluted and we're going to drop oil-eating microbes in it to dilute it so it'll clean up and fertilize the ground a little bit so the grass will be a lot greener here next year."
According to Lujan the area should be thankful that the spill didn't involve salt water.
"Saltwater kills everything where oil is pretty much the same thing in the ground it just fertilizes it," says Lujan.
Lujan addressed a major point in which saltwater has posed an environmental risk to plants, soil, and freshwater resources in dozens of cases.
Lujan says he and company are apart of the cleanup mostly in the oil field, but not so much on the highways.
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