Ohio oil spill prompts air and water quality monitoring

By on March 31, 2014
Crews address an oil spill in Oak Glen Nature Preserve (Credit: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency)

Crews address an oil spill in Oak Glen Nature Preserve (Credit: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency)

Air and water near the Glen Oak Nature Preserve in southwest Ohio are being continually monitored after a broken pipe released oil into the area, according to a release from Colerain Township.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports more than 35,000 gallons of oil and water liquid have been removed so far. Throughout the cleanup process, officials say no air hazards have been detected and note that the Great Miami River hasn’t been contaminated.

The spill was discovered on March 17. Initial estimates placed the spill at 10,000 gallons of oil. That number has been revised up, with officials now saying 17,000 gallons have leaked into the nature preserve.

Image: Crews address an oil spill in Oak Glen Nature Preserve (Credit: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency)

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