Cleanup continuing after oil spill in Butler Township
November 17, 2015
SALEM - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Gas and Oil and the Ohio EPA are investigating an oil spill from a well in Butler Township that occurred last week.
The well is on a farm off Hartley Road just west of Shelton Road. The slope of the land moved the oil south toward Hartley Road and into a small creek.
The creek is being dug out and drained but residents are concerned about their well water, damage to trees, yards and drives.
Eric Heis, ODNR spokesman, said the response crews were on scene shortly after being advised and less than a day later the incident was listed as stable with cleanup and recovery operations under way. Those operations continued on Monday.
A total of 130 fluid barrels were released from a storage tank, 70 of which were crude oil and 60 were brine (salty water from well production).
The ODNR said the spill was contained with booms and soil remediation as 40 barrels of crude were vacuumed up by trucks in the first 24 hours.
The EPA said it impacted a tributary to the Mahoning River and crews worked to remove the oil from the small stream. About 500 to 600 yards of stream were impacted and about 250 gallons was recovered at a downstream location.
The EPA said, "The company's quick response limited downstream impacts. Containment was placed to prevent further migration downstream."
The crude oil was contained in the stream about a half-mile downstream of the original entry point.
The EPA said it will be following up with the company this morning to verify cleanup progress, adding the final cleanup of residual oil is expected to take several days.
No public water supplies were threatened, it said.
The cause of the incident is still under investigation, and there has been and will be a continued focus on cleanup of the entire site, the ODNR said.
One resident had oil flow through the front yard and called it a "mess."