Colerain Twp. oil spill cleanup continues, salamanders recovered from pond
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -
Cleanup continues in
Colerain Township after more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the
Oak Glen Nature Preserve.
The spill, which happened on
March 17, is still undergoing daily inspections by the Shoreline Cleanup Assessment
Team (SCAT). Thermal treatment
to remove any remaining oil sheen on rocks and stream banks is continuing as
Workers have also
dug trenches and installed absorbent booms backed by straw bales to prevent
oil-saturated soil from leaching oil into a nearby stream outside the original
contamination zone. Crews are also improving the dam
due to anticipated rain with estimated completion by Saturday.
Crews say that they have
recovered salamanders from the pond. The salamanders have been transported to Boonshoft
Museum in Dayton, Ohio, and will remain there until they can be safely
Officials announced that at least 11 animals are dead as a result
to the contamination and 26 others are being cleaned and treated.
Found dead in the nature preserve include eight crayfish, two
green frogs and a two-lined salamander. Twenty-six other animals are being
cleaned and cared for before being released.