Oil spills into Ohio River

Authorities shut off water intake valves for Ohio, Kentucky to protect water supplies
Associated Press
Aug 19, 2014

An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, leading authorities to shut off water intake valves for both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the waterway to protect water supplies, and a 15-mile section of the river was closed to allow cleanup.

The spill from a Duke Energy power plant in New Richmond, about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati, happened around 11:15 p.m. Monday, said Duke spokeswoman Sally Thelen. She said the spill at the W.C. Beckjord Station occurred during a routine transfer of fuel oil from a larger tank to smaller ones and was stopped within about 15 minutes.

Coast Guard Lt. Katherine Cameron says the spill is considered medium-sized, a designation that applies to inland leaks between 1,000 and 10,000 gallons of oil.

"We are working with officials from Duke Energy to determine the extent," Cameron said.

The section was closed to all river traffic, including barges carrying commercial goods, when the spill was reported. Tim Smith, chief of investigations for the Coast Guard's Ohio Valley sector, said his agency hoped to reopen the section as soon as possible.

Local, state and environmental agencies also were at the scene Tuesday, and the Coast Guard said Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy Duke has assumed responsibility for spill cleanup.

Ohio EPA spokeswoman Heidi Griesmer said the water quality alert system for the Ohio River was activated and all river drinking water intakes in Ohio were sealed off. The Greater Cincinnati Water Works shut down its water intakes around 12:50 a.m. and monitoring of the water entering the system prior to shut-down showed no contamination, Griesmer said.

The spill comes just weeks after about 400,000 people in Toledo were left without clean tap water when toxins produced by Lake Erie algae got into the city's water supply

Water quality scientists from the Greater Cincinnati Water Works continued monitoring the river in conjunction with the Northern Kentucky Water District. Rocky Merz, a spokesman for the city of Cincinnati, said no threats to drinking water have been found.

Merz said a strong odor of oil reported along the river early Tuesday morning seemed to dissipate as the day progressed.

Comments

knowitall

Nope! Don't need to reduce fossil fuel consumption and promote renewable resources.

Contango

More oil leaks naturally daily than is accidently spilled.

"Natural Petroleum Seeps Release Equivalent Of Up To 80 Exxon Valdez Oil Spills":

http://www.sciencedaily.com/rele...

And the environmentalist wackos won't allow drilling at Coal Oil Point in the Santa Barbara Channel in order to help alleviate the problem!

Oil, coal & nat-gas will be a fuel sources for the next 100 + yrs.

knowitall

You could be right. You could be wrong. But, why not do the renewable thing early enough so,we are ready. We are in the Middle East due to our appetite for oil. How good would things be if we weren't over there?

Contango

Re: "How good would things be if we weren't over there?"

Domestic fracking is helping to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

The Big Dog's back

So we trade poisoning of our ground water and earthquakes for oil dependence?

knowitall

Contango......No it isn't! It is a global market. All fracking does is provide more oil and natural gas to sell globally on the open market. The oil companies do not graciously keep the oil for this country. Don't you really understand that? The US is the prostitute for the oil companies fracking up our country by fracking. How about fracking in your backyard right next to your water well!

coasterfan

Solar and Wind Energy have exactly zero "spills".

So, to follow Contango's flawed logic, since some oil leaks occur naturally, it's perfectly ok that mankind spills oil into the environment, as well. It's that kind of short-sighted thinking that perpetuates the problem. They don't care if it causes huge problems later, as long as it makes them scads of money today. Aren't they the ones who usually whine about "mortgaging our children's futures"?

People like Contango are also NIBMYs (Not in MY Backyard): an oil spill isn't a problem to Contango, as long as it doesn't directly affect him. As soon as one drop of oil lands in HIS drinking water, then we'll hear from him, and he'll be lining up for his government FEMA assistance.

The only wackos I see are those who don't give a hoot about the planet. We, on the other hand, want to protect our food, water and air supply. How odd that they think WE are the wackos.

Contango

Re: "oil,"

Try living without it.

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"NIMBY" lol

Try building wind turbines and solar projects in the more expensive neighborhoods and see the amt. of NIMBY opposition.

H*ll, even Ted Kennedy was opposed to 'em:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/16/us...

Pres. Obama was relieved when he died.

Rich hypocrites like Al Gore appreciate the slavish support of their environmentalist wacko useful idiots.

The Big Dog's back

So true coaster. He'd be whining like a baby.

The Big Dog's back

There's a wind spillage in Erie county from the windmills. Also just in, there is a sun spillage from solar panels.

knowitall

Damn.....our plants will grow lots of food to eat. What are we going to do? (Wringing hands in despair)