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W.Va. DNR to monitor spill in Ohio County creek

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. -- Officials are keeping an eye on an Ohio County creek after a tanker wrecked and spilled a synthetic-based drilling fluid.

Wheeling-Ohio County Emergency Management Agency Director Lou Vargo said the spill has been cleaned up, but the water will be monitored for another week.

Vargo told The Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register the water will be tested Monday by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The E&S Contracting tanker wrecked Saturday afternoon on W.Va. 88, in West Liberty, and went into the creek. The driver was treated at a Wheeling hospital and released.

E&S Contracting operations coordinator Kenneth Mick said the tanker was hauling a mixture of clay and mineral oil.

Mick said the company is conducting its own investigation of the accident.


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