Local firefighters have all of the company-supplied, chemical information they need to tackle confidently any fires that may occur on gas and oil well sites in Guernsey County.
That was the consensus expressed last week by various local fire chiefs.
The two-pronged issue of transparency about hazardous materials and consequent preparedness of fire departments arose after a June incident in Monroe County involving a fire at an oil well site and a fish kill in a nearby creek.
According to reports in various media, including The Columbus Dispatch, WKSU (a radio station of Kent State University) and Mother Jones magazine, a June 28 fire at a Monroe County oil well site destroyed trucks and enabled toxic chemicals to flow into Opossum Creek as a result of firefighters from eight departments using about 300,000 gallons of water to douse the blaze.
In the immediate aftermath, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said the agency could not confirm the fish kill was related to the fire. However, a subsequent report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency contended that several chemicals entered the stream during the fire, resulting in the deaths of more than 14,000 “aquatic animals.” (Media reports had claimed a kill of 70,000 fish.)Read more by clicking right here.
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