Diesel fuel spill into Dry Creek at Roseville train yard requires cleanup

Railroad officials are investigating the cause of a diesel fuel spill into a creek at a Roseville railyard.

Union Pacific Railroad officials said that about noon Tuesday they learned of the diesel fuel spill from railroad company property into Dry Creek next to UP’s J.R. Davis Yard. About 98 percent of Northern California’s UP rail traffic moves through the 915-acre yard northeast of Sacramento.

The railroad said in a news release that UP’s environmental team, the Roseville Fire Department and environmental contractors immediately responded to the spill. An absorption boom was deployed to soak up the spilled fuel in the creek and a containment boom was placed at the spill site.

Sacramento and Placer county health officials, the state Office of Emergency Services and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the site. County Environmental Health officials confirmed that the affected area is limited to Dry Creek and no drinking water sources have been affected, the railroad reported Wednesday afternoon. The department will continue to monitor the cleanup process.

The cause of the spill is under investigation.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews