- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

FINLEYVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Sunoco Pipeline says it is making progress in cleaning up gray sludge that spilled into a southwestern Pennsylvania creek.

The spill was reported Thursday into the Little Mingo Creek and was contained by Saturday.

Sunoco spokesman Jeffrey Shields tells the (Washington) Observer-Reporter of Washington (https://bit.ly/1qZRGA4 ) that the nontoxic bentonite clay doesn’t appear to have harmed wildlife in the area.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection spokesman John 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.

Shields hopes crews will be able to finish trapping the clay and vacuuming out of the creek by Tuesday.


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