5-inch pipeline crack leaks oil in Ohio preserve

LISA CORNWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Officials say a 5-inch pipeline crack caused more than 10,000 gallons of crude oil to leak into a southwestern Ohio nature preserve.

Colerain Township fire department Capt. Steve Conn says the crack was found on the underside of the 20-inch diameter pipeline, which leaked the oil in the 374-acre Oak Glen Nature Preserve in Colerain Township, just north of Cincinnati.

Crews continue cleaning up the mess from the leak discovered Tuesday. Officials say about 3,800 gallons of oil and water have been recovered from the leak in a wooded ravine, wetlands, an intermittent stream and a marshy area.

The pipeline is part of Mid-Valley Pipeline Co.'s system running nearly 1,000 miles from Texas to Michigan.