- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

FINLEYVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania environmental regulators are investigating a spill of gray sludge into a southwestern Pennsylvania creek from a nearby pipeline construction project.

Authorities said the spill into Little Mingo Creek appeared to be contained Saturday, two days after it was discovered.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman John Poister tells the Observer-Reporter of Washington (https://bit.ly/1sfi0HF ) that agency officials believe the sludge is nontoxic bentonite clay.

Poister said the DEP hadn’t determined how much of the sludge entered the creek. He says the spill occurred upriver from a Pennsylvania American Water Co. intake pipe.

Poister says the sludge is a drilling lubricant that sprayed into the creek when the drill bit encountered something in the ground.

The pipeline is expected to ship natural gas liquids to a Sunoco refinery in the Philadelphia area.

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, https://www.observer-reporter.com

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