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Old 06-11-2009, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Hannah creeks heal with a lot of help after pipeline explosion

Whatcom, Hannah creeks heal with a lot of help after pipeline explosion
Jared Paben- The Bellingham Herald
Tuesday, Jun. 09, 2009

The Bellingham Herald / Top Stories / Whatcom, Hannah creeks heal with a lot of help after pipeline explosion
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Residents won't ever forget the trauma of the explosion that killed three people and torched a path through Whatcom Falls Park, but slowly, nature is forgetting.

In some places, the only obvious signs of the fireball that tore down Hannah and Whatcom creeks are charred, leafless trees. Now they're providing habitat for woodpeckers and at least one eagle nest near Hannah Creek. Some dead trees crashed into the creek, forming pools where salmon can thrive.

In other places, city-led projects have created a more natural and healthy environment than existed before the disaster. Still, there is work to do. Ten years after the 16-inch pipeline ruptured and spilled, 237,000 gallons of unleaded regular gasoline, the oil company is still pumping out groundwater polluted with gas. Government agencies are forcing them to do the work until that gas is gone, but nobody knows when that'll be, Grout said.
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