Tests for oil keep Lake Alan Henry closed

A future drinking water supply and popular summer spot could remain closed through the weekend as state officials try to determine the extent of the damage from an upstream oil spill earlier this week.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality sent off Lake Alan Henry water samples Wednesday to test for tell-tale traces of crude oil, regional director Jeff Bertl said. The commission closed the lake outside of Justiceburg indefinitely on Tuesday.


Todd Anderson, a professor of environmental chemistry with the The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech, said the small amount of oil and large body of water would help keep effects to a minimum.

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