Oil and gas spills hit Bristol Township, Newton Falls

Oil spill cleanup in Bristol


BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) — Two spills involving oil products hit Bristol Township and Newton Falls Monday and Tuesday, respectively, requiring emergency crew cleanup.

Monday night, a man called the Bristol Township Fire Department complaining of a strong smell of oil near his property. Fire department workers came to the property and found a crude oil spill at 2656 State Route 88.

Bristol Township Fire Chief Tom Dempsey said the spill originated from a tank owned by Cedar Valley Energy and that the tank was intact, with the oil flowing out of the top. An Ohio EPA spokesperson said that equipment failure caused the overflow.

Messages left for Cedar Valley Energy employees were not immediately returned.

Trumbull County Hazardous Materials Chief Jason DeLuca said that the land largely contained the spill and that the oil company brought a vacuum truck and heavy machinery to clean up the spill. There should not be any risk to people in the area going forward, DeLuca said.

Six hundred gallons were spilled, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources Public Information Officer Mark Bruce, and the spill did not enter any roadways. The company will need to remove affected soil and re-seed the area for grass.

Tuesday, an oil tanker spilled about 30 gallons of gasoline in Newton Falls at a gas station, according to Newton Falls Fire Chief Richard Bauman.

Bauman said his department arrived around 9 a.m. Tuesday for a spill that happened between 8:30 and 9. A driver with Brittany Trucking Co. thought he was filling gas tanks at the Convenient Gas Station at 321 Milton Boulevard, when instead, gas was spilling onto the ground. The driver left the scene and returned to find 30 gallons of product.

A contractor cleaned up the the spill, and Bauman said the driver will be cited for the spill.

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