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Cleanup continues following last week’s oil leak

Photos by Michele Newbanks Veto Lake was the scene of a crude oil leak Aug. 19. ODNR representatives said a contract was executed to control the leak and secure the wellhead.

VETO — Progress continues on the cleanup of an oil leak reported last week on Veto Lake.

Officials from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio EPA responded after crude oil was found in and around the lake, which covers 160 acres just east of Ohio 339.

Stephanie O’Grady, media and outreach specialist from the ODNR, said Wednesday the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management has executed a contract to control the leak and secure the wellhead using a self-contained system that collects any additional release of fluids. The fluids will then be disposed of lawfully, she said.

“The secure well has been placed into the Orphan Well Program and the program will follow established protocols to plug the well,” O’Grady said.

She noted the well is on state-owned land and based on information about the area provided to the ODNR, the division’s survey section will attempt to locate additional unregistered wells.

“If additional wells are identified they will be referred to the Orphan Well Program, and processed and scored accordingly,” she explained.

Bob Lane, 76, of Marietta, owns oil and gas wells in the area and said as far as he’s concerned, the leak stems from an oil and gas well under the lake.

“The well was built in the 1930s and the lake in the early 1950s,” he said. “In the process, the well was under the backwaters of the lake.”

He said there are fears the crude oil will get into residents’ drinking water, which will make it completely undrinkable.

“It will make C-8 look like a stepchild,” he said.

The chemical C-8 was used by DuPont in the production of Teflon and other products that has caused health issues as a result of being released into local waters.

A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Farmer’s Daughters and Son venue at 610 Goose Run Road in Marietta of local residents who are concerned about the water.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

¯ Work continues on Veto Lake oil leak.

¯ ODNR has contracted to control the leak and secure the wellhead.

¯ Local residents fear crude oil will get into drinking water.

¯ Meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 14 to discuss the situation.

Source: Times research.

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