Drilling fluid spill stretches 27 miles along Ohio 164

May 18, 2015
Shale Play


Shale Play

SALINEVILLE, Ohio - Traffic along Ohio 644 and 39 was closed for nearly five hours April 23 after a truck leaked shale oil throughout Carroll and Columbiana counties.

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According to Salineville police, an undetermined amount of gallons were spilled Wednesday morning as a portion of a drilling rig hauled by Michael Ayers, owned by Mid-East Truck and Tractor Service of East Canton, was being moved from an oil drilling site on state Route 164 to another on Amsterdam Road in Scio in Harrison County owned by Chesapeake Energy.

"The brunt of (the spill) was in Salineville and Mechanicstown," Salineville Police Chief Andy Straley said. "The whole spill was about 26 or 27 miles."

Straley said the material that leaked was a mineral-based synthetic, a non-hazardous drilling oil compound.

Straley said a central steel flatbed trailer carried the rig - which contained the compound but was supposed to have been empty - and the spillage was caused due to the load being unsecured.

"They're supposed to be emptied, and this was not," Straley said. "They were still about half full and they carry several hundred gallons."

Traffic was blocked off shortly after 10:45 a.m. as crews from the state Environmental Protection Agency, Sun Pro Environmental - a subsidiary of Chesapeake - of Canton, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and road crews from Carroll County and Salineville began the cleanup process while Salineville police redirected traffic. The road was eventually reopened around 3:45 p.m.

Ayers was cited for transporting an unsecured load, and additional charges may be filed through the county prosecutor's office pending further investigation, Straley said.



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