Barberton Steel Industries issued violation after mineral oil spill into Tuscarawas River

The Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy organization based in Columbus, said that despite the quick clean up, the oil spill will likely still have adverse effects on the river’s ecosystem.

“There is definitely potential for there to be toxic chemicals in that material,” explained Melanie Houston, Director of Oil & Gas for the Ohio Environmental Council.

The spill comes just 6 weeks after a 2-million gallon spill in southern Stark Co. that effected the same river and the wetlands adjacent to it in Navarre, Ohio.

The Ohio EPA cited and fined Energy Transfer Parters for the spills, which consisted of drilling fluid from the Rover pipeline, a natural gas pipeline project through Ohio.

The company contends that the material is non-toxic, but the OEC argues that it will still disrupt the ecosystem.

“This material will effectively smother out the aquatic life that can be found in those wetlands,” Houston said.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017