Barriers to stay in Shenango River to catch runoff

sharon, pennsylvania booms to stay in river to catch oil

SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – Managers with Aqua Pennsylvania insist the drinking water they provide to the Shenango Valley is safe, despite the discovery of some oily runoff from a storm sewer discovered over the weekend.

The material was found getting into the Shenango River from a culvert below the Clark Street Bridge in Sharon. That is in addition to the crude oil that made its way into the river from a gas well site a couple miles away in Brookfield on Friday.

Although none of the pollutants ever made their way into Aqua’s water treatment plant in Sharon, managers don’t want to risk future runoffs.

“The protective booms that we have in the river at our intake will remain in place for the foreseeable future. I would like it to be in place for a number of heavy rain events,” Aqua Pennsylvania area manager Jim Willard said.

Although Willard said the material coming into the river from the culvert dissipated before it would reach the treatment plant, cleanup from the crude oil spill in Brookfield could be completed by the end of this week.

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