ODNR releases preliminary cause of Butler Twp. oil spill

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

BUTLER TWP., Ohio (WKBN) — A preliminary investigation into an oil spill from on Hartley Road indicated that it was caused by “the deterioration of piping at the tank battery,” the Morning Journal reports.

The incident is being investigated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Gas and Oil.

ODNR and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency were called to the well in the 29000 block of Hartley Road last month after 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 is Dorfman Production.

Residents were concerned about their well water, damage to trees, yards and driveways. No public waterways were threatened, according to ODNR.

The ODNR told the Morning Journal on Wednesday that the piping was replaced, along with the installation of additional safety valves to ensure sound future operations.


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