Another one? Oil well leaks into streams, creeks in Ohio


The Gulf, Utah and now Ohio? Someone's trying to send us a message.

About 1,000 gallons of crude oil from a gas well leak in Gates Mills Sunday entered surrounding streams, creeks, and storm sewers, according to fire officials.

The leak, caused by a failure at a valve on the oil tank on Dorchester Road near S.O.M. Center Road, has been repaired. Officials from the Gates Mills Fire Department, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the well owners, Pursie E. Pipes, started clean-up work Sunday evening.

The clean-up effort is expected to take several days. Residents may be able to smell the oil, but it does not pose a threat of fire or explosion or to drinking water, said fire chief Tom Robinson.