About 300 gallons of oil spills near Hamilton

Crews work to clean up an oil spill in Allegan County's Heath Township (March 5, 2017)


HEATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A few hundred gallons of oil spilled out of a tank at a drilling site in rural Allegan County on Sunday.

About 1 p.m., crews were called to the property along 135th Avenue near 38th Street in Heath Township, east of Hamilton.

Allegan County Emergency Manager Scott Corbin said the spill was caused by a malfunctioning valve. An employee told 24 Hour News 8 that valve was new.

A containment wall around the tank held most of the oil, but about 300 gallons spilled over. Corbin said the situation was “isolated and contained” as of 1:12 p.m. There was no impact to life or property.

Sunday, three vacuum trucks were called in to clean up the oil. Another truck will be there Monday to dig up the soil where the oil spilled. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will also be on site Monday.

There are 10 oil wells on the site where the spill happened. They are owned by Goodale Enterprises.