IN THE MARSH: Crews continue to work in wetlands near Lake Conway using pumps, heavy equipment and absorbent pads to clean up spilled oil.

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  • IN THE MARSH: Crews continue to work in wetlands near Lake Conway using pumps, heavy equipment and absorbent pads to clean up spilled oil.

A Sierra Club release yesterday, based on independent findings of a maker of oil spill cleanup material, suggested oil from the ExxonMobil pipeline break could have found its way into the main body of Lake Conway. We mentioned that here. Other media have reported on the findings and the tester’s belief that his findings of chemical came from testing of water “columns” at different depths in the lake, rather than surface or lake bottom samples.

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The news seems to have prompted this lengthy response from the state Department of Environmental Quality, detailing the various places it has taken water samples. Bottom line:

Based on an analysis of all samples taken to date the department has no evidence upon which to conclude that oil from the spill has reached the main body of Lake Conway or Palarm Creek. In the cove of Lake Conway the Department continues to monitor water quality and the effects of the spill on the aquatic community.

The ADEQ statement was released eight minutes after a release from the “Joint Command,” an Exxon-run public relations operation, that continued to reiterate: “Water sampling confirms the main body of Lake Conway remains oil-free.” Here’s the full release, which says cleanup efforts are transitioning from an “emergency” response to “the longer term work of remediation and restoration.”

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The full ADEQ release is on the jump: