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Transformer fails at dam, oil leak contained

 

March 18, 2021

The view above Little Goose Dam south of Hay on a quiet evening, Aug. 8.

STARBUCK - An electrical incident at Little Goose Dam March 18 resulted in an oil loss, which was captured in a secondary containment and has not reached the Snake River.

The cleanup is underway, along with oil recovery operations. A T2 transformer lost oil as a result of the electrical malfunction, stated representatives the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District.

"We are committed to identifying and correcting the system failure that caused this spill. We take our responsibility to keep oil out of the river seriously, and will do everything possible to mitigate the risk of furt...



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