Excavators moved in today to begin cleaning up the final section of the Kern County dry creek bed impacted by a surface expression of oil and water. Cleanup in the section had been suspended since last month while engineers tested wells in the vicinity to determine the cause of the incident. Well testing will continue, but at a minimum of 600 feet from the excavation site.
Biological monitors will be onsite full time during active remediation operations. Wildlife hazing measures to deter wildlife from the area continue. The hazing program is modified weekly to optimize effectiveness and to avoid habituation by wildlife in the area. To date, two barn owls and a lesser nighthawk, have been discovered oiled. All were recovered and treated by veterinarians but none survived.
OSPR is also continuing weekly drone flights to survey inaccessible areas and generate detailed mapping data for the ongoing response.