Thursday, July 24, 2014

State agency: Fracking fire likely fouled eastern Ohio creek

From:   Bakken

By Laura Arenschield | The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)


A fire last weekend at a Monroe County fracking well likely sent contaminants into a nearby creek, killing crayfish, minnows and smallmouth bass as far as 5 miles away from the site, state officials said yesterday.

Officials of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said crews fighting the fire flooded the area with water on Saturday, likely sending fracking chemicals into the creek, which feeds into the Ohio River.

The agency and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency are investigating the fire and fish kill at the site, about 130 miles east of Columbus.  MORE

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