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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Accident Leads to Drilling Mud Leaking into Ohio Stream

From the Zanesville Times Recorder:
A gas well drilling mishap on Center Bend Road near Beverly in Morgan County on Sunday afternoon led to a “drilling mud" leak into a nearby stream. 
The company responsible for the well, PDC Energy out of Colorado, implemented screens in an attempt to contain the leak, said Mark Bruce, spokesman for Ohio Department of Natural Resources. 
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is supervising the incident, Bruce said. 
Heather Lauer, spokeswoman for Ohio EPA, said the spill was contained completely, and the Ohio EPA did not order any evacuations. About 140 barrels of drilling mud landed on the well pad; about 40 barrels made it into the water, Lauer said. The stream was a tributary to a nearby creek, and Lauer said the spilled mud was completely contained before it reached the creek.
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