- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

WEST UNION, W.Va. (AP) - State regulators are investigating an oil spill from a private well near West Union.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise tells WBOY-TV (https://bit.ly/1fflu4L ) that between 800 and 1,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from the well into a tributary of Tom’s Fork Creek. The DEP was notified about the spill on Thursday afternoon.

The DEP and Ryan Environmental planned to work throughout the weekend to contain the spill and remove the oil from the waterway.

Preliminary reports indicate that a pipe on the well might have frozen and then burst.

The spill occurred about 10 miles upstream from West Union. That’s where the nearest public water intake is located.

Aluise says officials don’t believe there’s any threat to public water.

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Information from: WBOY-TV, https://www.wboy.com


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