Cleanup of Massive Oil and Water Spill in CA Canyon

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Cleanup crews are tackling the massive oil spill that occurred in May in the large Cymric Oil Field about 35 miles west of Bakersfield.

Chevron recently revealed that 794,000 gallons of water and oil had leaked out of the ground where the oil giant uses steam injection to extract oil.

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention, the cleanup and investigation into what caused the oil flow was delayed, as officials had to ensure there were no dangerous fumes or sinkholes that could trap workers or heavy equipment.

According to Fox News, the state has issued Chevron a notice of violation ordering it to stop steam injections around the spill. The company also increased its production of oil from wells in the area. Both actions are intended to relieve underground pressure that may be forcing the mix of oil and water to the surface.

The process of steam injection softens the thick crude so it can flow more readily.

According to the VC Star, the oil company said no new fluid had come to the surface since July 9th, and that most of the released material has been recovered.

Chevron also said the spill is not near any waterway and has not significantly affected wildlife.

Chevron will pay for the cleanup while California state officials will oversee the process.