(Colerain Township, OH) -- About 10,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from an underground pipeline, in the Oak Glen Nature Preserve, and now the clean-up is in full swing.
There are four main work areas: the initial leak site, a mile-long section of creek, a pond where leaked crude accumulated, and a series of booms placed to prevent leakage into the Great Miami River. Steve Renninger, with the EPA, says the first three are where the clean-up is actually occurring.
On the first night of work, crews collected about 2,000 gallons of oil mixed with water. They also have to collect contaminated trees, plants, and soil.
Tim Ingram with Hamilton County Health District says they are monitoring private water wells in the area, and have been testing the air, and have only found volatile organic compounds (VOC) close to the spill site. But he says, if a neighbor is concerned, they will do extra tests.
He says people should try to stay away from the area as much as possible. And for those who live nearby, he says, if they feel ill, they should find another place to stay for a few days, with friends or relatives.
Ingram says they have set up a hotline for questions: 946-7808.