Highland Reopens Silver Lake

An oil boom was deployed around the water plant intake on Silver Lake as a precautionary measure.

As of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, the City of Highland has reopened Silver Lake for public use.

Highland Police are cautioning boaters to refrain from coming near containment booms left in the lake and from traveling upstream into Silver Creek. Those areas remain off limits until further notice.

The lake was closed Friday, July 10 when over 4,200 gallons of oil was released from the Plains Pipeline pump station on Baumann Road. The oil leaked into Silver Creek, but not Silver Lake. The lake was closed to public use as part of the remediation process.

A federal lawsuit has been filed in connection with the spill, asking a judge to require the oil company remove oil from private property, restore the waterways and property, and compensate property owners and residents for the impact of the oil spill to them.

SOURCEPhoto courtesy of Congressman John Shimkus
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