EPA: Colerain Twp. Oil Spill Twice As Large As Originally Thought
By Mike Perleberg
(Colerain Township, Oh.) – The crude oil spill in a Colerain Township park is reportedly larger than first thought.
Ohio and U.S. EPA officials say the amount of oil spilled by a broken pipeline last week at the Oak Glen Nature Preserve is more than 20,000 gallons or 500 barrels, double the original estimates.
Crews continue to work on cleaning up the oil 24 hours a day. On Monday, Colerain Township Fire Department announced that 35,000 gallons of mixed oil and water product has been collected, of which 17,000 gallons are crude. The removed substances are being stored on-site.
While much of the cleanup has been completed, the toll of the spill discovered Monday, March 17 is becoming more apparent. Hamilton County Great Parks says the oil spill has affected more than 30 animals in the park, killing at least eleven crayfish, frogs and salamanders.
The 20-inch oil pipeline – which runs from Hebron, Kentucky to Lima, Ohio – has been temporarily repaired. Tests with “favorable results” were run on Sunday.
EPA officials have determined that the pipeline operated by Texas-based Mid Valley Pipeline Corporation suffered a four-inch break, leading to the oil spill. No oil has reached the Great Miami River, which is within 500 feet of a pond where much of the oil was collecting.