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Pipeline Crack Led To Oil Leak At Nature Preserve


Colerain Township fire officials say a 5-inch oil pipeline crack caused more than 10 thousand gallons of crude to leak into Oak Glen Nature Preserve. Fire Captain Steve Conn says the crack was found on the underside of the 20-inch diameter pipeline this week. Conn says 38 hundred gallons of oil and water have been recovered. Melanie Houston of the Ohio Environmental Council says oil and gas pipelines must be inspected and companies must let the public know of their location.

The pipeline dates back to the 1950s and is owned by Sunoco. Ohio EPA officials say there are no records of previous problems at the site. But the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says there have been 39 other accidents along the pipeline since 2006. The EPA is testing for possible groundwater contamination. The cause of the pipeline crack has yet to be determined.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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