Cleanup continues at Columbiana County oil well

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency completed another inspection Tuesday at the site of a Columbiana County oil spill.


BUTLER TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency completed another inspection Tuesday at the site of a Columbiana County oil spill.

The agency noted that all the contaminate soil has been removed from near the oil tanks on a Butler Township farm.

“Right around 70 barrels,” said Paul Shaw, production foreman of Dorfman Production Company, the company that owns the well.

The 70 barrels contained 2,940 gallons of oil. The well also released 2,500 gallons of brine when a leak was discovered on November 11, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Shaw says despite the volume of oil leaked during the spill, it should not cause any harmful effects.

“It was a surface spill,” said Shaw. “It’s not going to penetrate and cause any long-term effects, not going to kill any trees or do any damage like that.”

Becky Brown, who lives nearby the spill, said she is worried about the oil which found its way to a creek near her backyard along Hartley Road.

“Just the safety of our children and pets on the property and in the years to come, if this is going to affect us or affect our drinking water,” said Brown.

According to the ODNR, half of the oil was vacuumed up by trucks in the first 24 hours. The cleanup in the stream included taking all of the leaves out of the creek, steam washing the creek and putting up a small dam to collect any more dirty liquids which come through.

The creek and oil tanks will be checked every day for the next month.

“We removed 95 percent of the contamination, and it’s going to take awhile to get the rest out,” said Shaw. “Eventually, it will be 100 percent, though.”

Brown said she is still hesitant, however.

“We just want to make sure everything is done right,” Brown said. “I know a clean up is happening, but want to make sure this is the best for all of us.”

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