Oil and gas spills hit Bristol Township, Newton Falls


BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) — Two companies, one responsible for an oil spill and another for a gas spill, will be responsible for cleanup but will likely not face any Ohio Environmental Protection Agency fines or penalites, according to an EPA spokesperson.

Linda Oros of the Ohio EPA told WKBN Thursday that while a notice of interest was issued to both Brittany Trucking Co. and Cedar Valley Energy this week, there will likely be no further action as long as both parties clean up their spills properly.

The two spills involving oil products hit Bristol Township and Newton Falls Monday and Tuesday, respectively, requiring emergency crew response.

Monday night, a man called the Bristol Township Fire Department complaining of a strong smell of oil near his property. Fire department workers came to the property and found a crude oil spill at 2656 State Route 88.

Bristol Township Fire Chief Tom Dempsey said the spill originated from a tank owned by Cedar Valley Energy and that the tank was intact, with the oil flowing out of the top. An Ohio EPA spokesperson said that equipment failure caused the overflow.

Messages left for Cedar Valley Energy employees were not immediately returned.

Trumbull County Hazardous Materials Chief Jason DeLuca said that the land largely contained the spill and that the oil company brought a vacuum truck and heavy machinery to clean up the spill. There should not be any risk to people in the area going forward, DeLuca said.

Six hundred gallons were spilled, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources Public Information Officer Mark Bruce, and the spill did not enter any roadways. The company will need to remove affected soil and re-seed the area for grass.

Tuesday, an oil tanker spilled about 30 gallons of gasoline in Newton Falls at a gas station, according to Newton Falls Fire Chief Richard Bauman.

Bauman said his department arrived around 9 a.m. Tuesday for a spill that happened between 8:30 and 9. A driver with Brittany Trucking Co. thought he was filling gas tanks at the Convenient Gas Station at 321 Milton Boulevard, when instead, gas was spilling onto the ground. The driver left the scene and returned to find 30 gallons of product.

A contractor cleaned up the the spill, and Bauman said the driver will be cited for the spill.

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