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Hundreds of gallons of clay spilled into wetlands at Columbiana County drilling site

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SALEM TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Crews are working to contain and clean up an accidental spill into a Columbiana County wetland area near a gas well drilling site.

The Ohio EPA says that spill occurred as Access Midstream was in the process of running a pipeline in the area of 36750 State Route 558 in Salem Township, and needed to drill underneath a wetland to place pipe.

The EPA says that between 600 and 1000 gallons of Bentonite clay, which is used in the drilling process, was accidentally released in two spots.

The areas in the wetlands were fenced, contained, and a vacuum truck has been brought in to pump the material out of the water and remove it from the site. 

Cleanup crews will be working for the next few days, When the material is removed, Ohio EPA will go back to inspect the site.

The EPA says the company is responding appropriately to minimize or remove potential harm to the wetlands habitat, and there should not be any hazards posed to residents.

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