A tank truck driver emptied his tank into the Strawberry and Duchesne Rivers. The Strawberry River is a blue ribbon trout fishery.
Officials believe the paraffin-based black wax crude was dumped into the Strawberry River in Duchesne County sometime in the past few days. The oil escaped booms and spread to the Duchesne River.
“This is devastating, I think, to the entire community,” said Kent Peatross, Duchesne County Commission chairman.
Authorities are quite certain an oil-field water truck driver deliberately dumped his tank into the river, not realizing how much crude oil was in the tank. The substance, which is produced in the oil fields of the Uintah Basin, is now affecting about three to four miles along both rivers.