- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State environmental officials don’t believe any natural gas drilling waste from a Braxton County truck crash ended up in the Elk River.

The state Department of Environmental Protection told The Charleston Gazette (https://bit.ly/1pX8Iby ) that the truck that wrecked Thursday was hauling about 4,500 gallons of waste. Most of it spilled.

The Spirit Services truck crashed through a guardrail on Interstate 79. An onsite DEP inspector said he didn’t think material reached an Elk River tributary.

DEP spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater said utilities downstream were notified as a precaution.

The Elk River provides drinking water for 300,000 people across nine counties. It was contaminated by a January chemical spill that spurred a tap-water ban for days.

Last month, Spirit Services had an explosion with no injuries at its waste-handling facility in Nitro.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, https://www.wvgazette.com

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