Turns out, the tanker spill that occurred on August 13 was not prevented from reaching Richland Creek, as news reported. RCWA visited Richland Creek and sent an official letter to Tri Star Transport LLC August 14.
Briefly… Because we heard conflicting news reports about impact to Richland Creek by tanker accident, RCWA went and looked firsthand. The day after, we observed the spill had clearly entered Richland Creek and petroleum product was still flowing downstream, beyond containment booms in Creek. Many dead fish, crayfish and snakes were seen at containment area where environmental clean-up crew, Shield Environmental were still working. Oddly, they had reported “no fish dead” in Richland Creek same day.
Clearly the public was misinformed.
Tennessean reports driver of tanker cited by Metro Police. Read more…
Citizens file lawsuit against driver of truck and Tri star, almost a year later… Read Fox 17 News story here.