A semi-truck hauling oil and natural gas wastewater through Southeast Ohio left the road and crashed into a field, spilling 5,000 gallons of the fluid into a stream that empties into a drinking water reservoir, state regulators said Thursday.
The incident occurred early Wednesday in Belmont County in the village of Barnesville. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) spokesman James Lee said the village's water system was not taking in water at the time of the accident, adding that "there has been no impact to the community water supply." The truck was operated by locally-based ECM Energy Services Inc., which specializes in trucking and logistics for the onshore energy industry.
The driver, Hiley Wogan of Ohio, was reportedly flown by helicopter to a hospital in Columbus with non life-threatening injuries. ECM was hauling the load of brine water for Gulfport Energy Corp. The truck was transporting fluid from the company's Routh 3C well in Monroe County, OH, said Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) spokesman Eric Heis.Click here to read more.
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