MONTEBELLO - Crews continued working Monday to clean up a small amount of oil that spilled last week in the Montebello hills.
According to a report compiled by the California Emergency Management Agency, an oil pump near San Gabriel Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue leaked about 10 barrels of pumping water and about 40 gallons of crude oil from a leak between two pipes.
Montebello Fire Chief Tim Wessel said the owner of the pump, Plains Exploration & Production Company, or PXP, notified his department of the leak about 6:30 p.m. last Tuesday.
"We responded and met with PXP personnel," he said. "They were aware of incident and had already shut down (the) well in question and begun the process of cleaning up."
Wessel said the oil leak contaminated nearby soil, drainage ditches, storms drains and a small pond. NRC Environmental Services was brought in to perform cleanup.
While most of the work was done by Saturday morning, Wessel said oil-absorbing booms were left behind in the pond and expected to be removed Monday.
Michael Popoff, vice chairman of Save the Montebello Hills Task Force, cited the incident as more proof that developing the hills is a risky proposal.
"It illustrates the dangers that are inherent in placing 1,200 homes on top of an operating oil field," Popoff said.
Calls to PXP spokesman Steve Rusch were not returned.