Editor's Note: This article has been corrected.
Some 25,000 gallons of geothermal brine from a wastewater pond at CalEnergy’s Calipatria facility were accidentally released May 8.
There were no injuries, and no hazardous emissions were released, said officials with MidAmerican Energy Holding Company, part owners of CalEnergy.
“The release occurred shortly after a transmission trip,” wrote Tina Potthoff in an email to the Imperial Valley Press. “The transmission trip resulted in a loss of electricity to the power plant.”
Potthoff is the media relations manager for MidAmerican Energy Holding Company.
The brine pond overflowed when the plant lost electricity, she said.
Affected soil was physically removed and disposed of according to protocol, officials said.
“It is tested and sent to an approved landfill for proper disposal. The release was fully contained on our property,” Potthoff wrote.
It appears that CalEnergy followed appropriate procedures when the spill occurred, state officials said.
“From our perspective, the operator seemed to be doing everything by the book after the accident: notifying CalEMA and other regulators, containing the spill, bringing in a vacuum truck,” wrote California Department of Conservation Spokesman Don Drysdale in an email to the Imperial Valley Press.
Staff Writer Antoine Abou-Diwan can be reached at 760-337-3454 or email@example.com
Editor's Note: This article had the wrong name for the company Potthoff works at.