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Oklahoma DEQ investigates illegal dumping of barrels

Oklahoma DEQ investigates illegal dumping of barrels
Posted at 3:35 PM, Dec 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-09 16:35:35-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is investigating how more than a dozen barrels were illegally dumped in Oklahoma City.

The agency says that 16 55-gallon drums containing unidentified liquids were dropped off in a field near an industrial area last month. Investigators are trying to determine what's inside the barrels and samples have been sent to the state environmental laboratory for analysis.

DEQ criminal investigator Michael Freeman says one barrel contained a black tarry substance that leaked onto the ground with the consistency of road tar. Freeman says one contained a material with the consistency of thick glue and another contained a material that was almost like water.

Freeman says nearby drinking water is safe. Area property owners built an earthen berm around the area to contain the materials.

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