Earth Watch Report – Environmental Pollution
|Environment Pollution||USA||State of Ohio, [Glen Oak Nature Preserve]|
|A large oil leak was found overnight in a crude oil pipeline that runs through Glen Oak Nature Preserve in Colerain Township, fire officials said this morning. It’s not clear yet how big the leak is, but it is contained, said Capt. Steve Conn, spokesman for Colerain Township Fire Department. Hazmat crews and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency are on scene. About a dozen homes are in the area. “We won’t know the scope of it until daybreak when we can get a good visualization,” Conn said. “There is no immediate danger to the public.” The oil leaked into a creek and ran down and collected in a marshy wetland area near East Miami River Road, he said. Authorities are not sure yet if it spilled into ponds or the Great Miami River. Residents in the area reported smelling petroleum for several days, Conn said. The pipeline runs hundreds of miles, he said, but the exact path is not yet clear. He also was not sure if it’s a national or local one. The EPA is working with the pipeline company to clean up the spill. Crews were called to the area late Monday after receiving an 8:19 p.m. report that oil was dumping into the lake area of a nearby gravel pit on East Miami River Road, Hamilton County emergency communication reports state. Colerain fire crews hiked into the woods and located the leak coming from a pipeline about 11 p.m., Conn said.|
Up to 10,000 gallons of oil spills into conservation area in Ohio
A nature preserve in Ohio has added its name to the long list of victims of oil spills.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as much as 10,000 gallons of crude spilled in the Oak Glen Nature Preserve due to a pipeline leak.
Though the leak was reported around 8 PM Monday, area residents say they’d smelled petroleum or days.
The Mid-Valley Pipeline is owned primarily by Sunoco, and runs from Longview, Texas to Samaria, Michigan.
An investigation by the Colerain Township Fire Department Monday evening found that the spill “posed a significant threat” to the environment and wetlands of the preserve.
Some oil reached a wetland a mile (1.6 km) away and on Tuesday, clean-up crews were preparing to vacuum the wetland, located 20 miles north of Cincinnati.
The oil did not appear to have reached the Great Miami River, though tests were still being completed, the EPA said.
“Sunoco Logistics emergency response crews and contractors have contained a crude oil release on the Mid-Valley 20″ pipeline outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Recovery of the released product has begun,” according to a statement released by Sunoco. “The pipeline was immediately shut down remotely on either side of the release area. Initial estimates are that 240 barrels were released. The cause of the release is under investigation.”
Crews estimate clean-up could take weeks.
CINCINNATI (AP) – Environmental authorities and cleanup workers raced Tuesday to clean up oil in a southwest Ohio nature preserve where thousands of gallons leaked from an interstate pipeline.
Crews were vacuuming oil from a wetlands area, and other work was underway on barriers to ensure the oil didn’t spread. Authorities said the oil pipeline was shut off. There were no immediate reports of injured animals, and water utility officials said there was no threat to the public water supply.
An Ohio Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman said more people were arriving at the scene to deal with the cleanup and investigation. An environmental cleanup contractor was called in for the effort with the U.S. EPA, state agencies, and local authorities west of Cincinnati.
“There are a lot of folks who are trying to everything done that needs to be done,” spokeswoman Heather Lauer said. “They’re assessing, and trying to get rid of the oil that is already out.”
Officials said the oil had been contained, but workers were building barriers to make sure potential rainfall didn’t spread the oil, Lauer said. She also said there was work being done to make an access road for heavy equipment.
Officials estimate that 240 barrels leaked, the equivalent of about 10,000 gallons. The oil ran into an intermittent steam nearly a mile long and into an acre-sized marshy area.
The 374-acre preserve is part of the Great Parks of Hamilton County system. Described by the parks department as an area of rugged hills with wildflowers and woods, the preserve also hosts native animals from crayfish to deer. Parks spokeswoman Jennifer Sivak said the preserve was closed Tuesday to the public while the cleanup continued.