5K gallons of fuel oil spill into Ohio River near Cincinnati

5K gallons of fuel oil spill into Ohio River near Cincinnati

5K gallons of fuel oil spill into Ohio River near Cincinnati

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by AP/WHAS11

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Posted on August 19, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 19 at 3:48 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) -- An estimated 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati.
 
   A Duke Energy official says the spill happened late Monday night at one of its substations in New Richmond.
 
   Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen says the spill occurred during a fuel transfer and lasted 10 to 15 minutes before it was stopped.
 
   An official with the Cincinnati Marine Safety Detachment tells The Cincinnati Enquirer that the spill is considered medium-sized, saying that designation applies to inland leaks between 1,000 and 10,000 gallons.
 
   He says it will take several days to clean up the spill and that a vacuum likely will be needed to suck the oil out of the water.
 
   Thelen says the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is on scene.

   Even though Louisville is downriver and the community gets drinking water from the Ohio, the Louisville Water Company says there is no need to worry.

   "The great thing about the Ohio River, that we have distance and we have travel time, by the time anything of a remnant of the spill gets to Louisville we don't believe it's going to be that large of an incident and whatever it is we can certainly handle it with carbon and also with the treatment system we have in place at our B.E. plant," Kelley Dearing-Smith with the Louisville Water Company said.

   Over the next couple of days Louisville Water will collect samples up stream to test the water and make sure it is safe.
 

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