Columbiana County oil spill under investigation

Oil and gas crews were working to clean up an oil spill at this well on Hartley Road just west of Shelton Road in Butler Township on Monday. The Division of Gas and Oil said the leak occurred on Nov. 11. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)
Oil and gas crews were working to clean up an oil spill at this well on Hartley Road just west of Shelton Road in Butler Township on Monday. The Division of Gas and Oil said the leak occurred on Nov. 11. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)

BUTLER TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – The cause of an oil spill in Columbiana County on November 11 is under investigation.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the spill from a storage tank leaked 130 barrels of fluid into a nearby stream — 70 barrels of which contained crude oil and 60 containing brine (salty water from well production). The company who owned the tank, Dorfman Production Company, reported the spill to ODNR, the Oil and Gas Emergency Response and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The Morning Journal reports that the spill was located in the 29,000 block of Hartley Road. The newspaper says the well is on a farm in Butler Township, and the incline of the land moved the oil south toward Hartley Road and into a small stream.

The creek is being dug out and drained, but residents are concerned about their well water, damage to trees, yards and drives, according to the Morning Journal.

ODNR spokesman Eric Heis said the spill was quickly contained, and 40 barrels of crude were vacuumed from the scene within the first 24 hours.

Heis said there will be a continued focus on cleanup of the entire site. Those involved with the cleanup say that public water was not affected by the spill.

According to the company’s website, Dorfman owns more than 300 wells in Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Columbiana and Carroll counties.

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