Crews cleaning up abandoned diesel drums found leaking in Buellton

Jun 19, 2015

Clean-up efforts were underway Friday as crews worked to contain hundred of gallons of red diesel fuel in Buellton.

Santa Barbara County Fire says nine 55 gallon drums were abandoned on an unregistered trailer at the corner of Kendale Road and Odense Street. One of those drums had leaked its entire contents into a nearby storm drain. The other eight drums are said to be "somewhat compromised."

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says the diesel may have been stolen from an agricultural or industrial user.

"Sheriff’s deputies have obtained information that the trailer came into Buellton from Highway 101 Southbound," spokesperson Kelly Hoover said in a media advisory.

The on-scene clean-up team is using a number of tools to deal with the drums and leaked fluid, including a vacuum truck.