by Anthony Skeens
at 11:11 AM | Permalink
A pipeline that burst in a Colerain nature preserve last
week spilling thousands of gallons of oil is back in operation after crews
repaired a 5-inch-long crack in the bottom of the pipe. Colerain Township Fire Department Captain Steven Conn says officials shut the pipe down shortly after the
spill on March 17 and have temporarily repaired the crack. The entire pipe, which runs through the Glen Oak Nature
Preserve, will eventually be replaced.“Eventually they will come back in, stop production and
remove that section of piping according to their plan,” Conn says.
The cause of the crack remains unclear, and a Department of
Transportation investigation will take weeks to test the pipe for any chemicals
that could have caused a crack.
Crews cleaned up about 20,000 gallons of oil so far and
anticipate cleaning for another five to six days. The preserve will remain
closed, along with the nearby Obergiesing Soccer Complex, until a command
center for officials working on the leak is relocated. Representatives from
Sunoco Logistics, Mid-Valley Piping Company, the Environmental Protection
Agency, Colerain Township and Hamilton County Parks will utilize the command
center as they respond to the mess.
Twenty-four small animals have been treated after being
covered in oil, and a wildlife organization from Delaware came to Cincinnati to
help oil-soaked animals.
Officials say there are no reports of oil leaking into the
Great Miami River. Conn says the area will be tested and monitored for at least
a year after the cleanup is complete.