On Wednesday, July 24, someone illegally dumped an unknown hydrocarbon liquid on the access road to the northeast parking lot at the Welch Ranch BLM recreation area. The liquid ran down the road and across the parking lot to within 10 feet of the Tongue River.
The Sheridan County Fire Department provided some absorbent check dams to temporarily stop the flow from reaching the river, but there was concern that they would not be strong enough to contain the run-off if it rained.
Storm Cat Energy provided the equipment and manpower to quickly install a berm between the edge of the liquid and the river, as well as provide diversion for rainwater above the dump site. The installation kept the liquid from entering the river. The contamination was removed from the road and contained by Saturday morning.
“We want to thank Storm Cat for being a good neighbor to the BLM and the local community,” noted Buffalo Field Manager Duane Spencer. “We appreciate their willingness to provide assistance quickly and prevent the spill from reaching the river.”