EPA says 600-800 gallons of diesel fuel leaked into river


By Evan Goodenow - egoodenow@civitasmedia.com



Jonathan Delozier | Civitas Media A barrier set up at the intersection of West Road and Nickel Plate Road contains the portion of the Black River affected by diesel fuel leaked into it by a storage tank in Pittsfield Township.


The water supply hasn’t been contaminated by an Aug. 28 oil spill into the Black River in Pittsfield Township, according to local and state officials.

Between 600 to 800 gallons of diesel fuel leaked into the river from a tank at the Dechant-Notley Farms, 44610 Hughes Rd., according to Lindey Amer, a spokeswoman with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s northeast district office.

The air around the site was thick with the smell of oil, even for passing motorists.

A broken tube on a 6,000-gallon, above-ground tank caused the spill, Amer said.

The EPA’s drinking and groundwater division and the Oberlin water division were notified of the spill. Amer said tests will be done before drinking water is drawn from the river.

“The (Oberlin) water treatment plant was not pulling water from the river at the time of the spill and it only draws water periodically,” she said.

The plant processes 2.25 million gallons of water per day and has 40 miles of water line. It serves about 3,000 businesses and homes.

The farm is located roughly three miles south of of Oberlin’s water plant. The river supplies most of the water to the plant.

Oberlin water superintendent Jerry Hade couldn’t be reached but Oberlin public works director Jeff Baumann said the spill is a “non-issue.” He said the city has a year’s supply of water in the Oberlin reservoir.

“We pump from the west branch of the Black River downstream from the spill, but we only pump when water quality is good,” he said. After being notified the night of the spill, no pumping was done.

Wellington firefighters responded at 6:35 p.m. on Aug. 28, according to a fire report.

It said the property owner placed temporary dikes at 14800 West Rd. and 15450 West Rd. Firefighters deployed absorbent booms and notified the EPA.

“You never want anything like that to reach the river,” fire chief Mike Wetherbee said in an interview.

Amer said the spill was contained and a private contractor was called in to do vacuum recovery at several locations.

Evan Goodenow can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @GoodenowNews on Twitter.

Jonathan Delozier | Civitas Media A barrier set up at the intersection of West Road and Nickel Plate Road contains the portion of the Black River affected by diesel fuel leaked into it by a storage tank in Pittsfield Township.

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Jonathan Delozier | Civitas Media A barrier set up at the intersection of West Road and Nickel Plate Road contains the portion of the Black River affected by diesel fuel leaked into it by a storage tank in Pittsfield Township.

By Evan Goodenow

egoodenow@civitasmedia.com