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Solano County Fish Kill Investigated

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

1,500 dead fish were found at a private duck club called Wheeler Island, in a pond adjacent to Honker Bay.

"And of those 1,500 fish it appeared that the majority were striped bass and the others were carp."

Mark Lucero is a patrol captain with the state Department of Fish and Game. He says the pond was drained by a contractor working for Chevron to repair a petroleum pipeline.

In a statement, Chevron says it had the proper work permits for the project. Lucero says investigators are checking into that.

"At this point we understand that the permit was for a dry work site. And obviously we had a wet worksite with the siphoning of the pond. So we're trying to ascertain what happened."  

Chevron officials say they are cooperating with authorities.

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