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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ohio Pipeline Construction Results in Drilling Mud Spill

From The Columbus Dispatch:
Environmental regulators worked today to determine the cause of a significant spill of a clay lubricant during construction of an underground pipeline in eastern Ohio. 

Southeast Directional Drilling Co. reported Tuesday it had released an unknown quantity containing the lubricant, bentonite, in Harrison County, northeast of the village Cadiz. The spill occurred during construction of the ATEX pipeline, which will carry liquid petroleum products from Pennsylvania to Texas. 

The clay substance, which can be used to lubricate cutting tools in drilling operations, ran into nearby Conotton Creek and onto the properties of two homeowners, affecting their private drinking water, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Chris Abbruzzese said today. The cleanup was nearly complete, and the company was providing clean drinking water to the families, he said. 

“No violations have been issued yet, but they did impact a waterway,” he said. “The agency is investigating all enforcement actions available at this time.” 
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