Spill leaves behind oily film in Ohio canal, lake

Akron oil spill

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Crews in northeastern Ohio have cleaned up most of a mysterious substance that left an oily film on the water in a canal and lake near downtown Akron.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources say they’re not sure what the substance was of how it got into a section of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Much of the cleanup was wrapped up this past week.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the spill was first reported at the beginning of May.

One resident says the spill smelled like diesel or kerosene

Officials say much of the contaminant likely evaporated into the air.

A state official say there was no evidence that spill killed any fish or birds.

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