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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pipeline Leak Fouls Nature Preserve

Crews estimate clean-up could take weeks.

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.