No matter how hard you look you cannot count parts per billion benzene on your fingers. Nevertheless I have to admit that from what I can see, smell and feel there does appear to be major progress in containing the spill. I wouldn't go drinking the water until tests indicate otherwise but I could find nothing to dispute the assertion that the contamination is contained.
Here is what I found:
Looking down the deadly barrel of Sand-Creek from the DSP you can see a giant vacuum crane in the distance. That is at the spill site. The fog coming off the water made for a surreal atmosphere.
|Looking right up the deadly barrel of Sand Creek, the crane vacuum in the background is at the spill site.|
This bird of prey showed up and gave me the evil eye while I was giving the river my own evil eye. I also spotted a large Eagle less than a half mile away. This is not really pertinent beyond highlighting the unusual amount of nature hidden in the industrial armpit of Denver.
|He digs fish, I dig fish, so I hope we are cool.|
|Yup, I was actually happy to see ducks for once.|
|Dont mind the foam, that is from the warmwater treatment plant.|
At the spill site itself the activity was fast, furious and completely indecipherable from a safe distance. They do have some serious equipment in play, you can see a sense of urgency and the now famous "trench" would appear to be a little more complicated than a simple hole in the sand.
At the confluence the work at the source appears to be paying off. Sand Creek still sports five booms but the full time guy vacuuming up gunk behind them has been replaced with somebody keeping an eye out for escapements. I could see one small (less area than a bathtub?) clump of contamination trapped behind one of the booms but that was it. I hope that they periodically hook the vacuum back up to get the remnants, but from what I have heard about the early mitigation this appears to be a huge improvement.
|No sheen or smell from the margins|
|So seperation or odor 2 days later. Very encourang.|
|Two days later and this vegetation smells like a gas-station|
Overall I am encouraged. The evidence I found of residual issues is disturbing but not surprising. The fact that I can find no indications of significant contamination flowing into the Platte makes me feel much better and at least in my opinion it would appear that as of Monday we are not getting the sunshine pump about containment.