Perfectly Safe? Absolutely, Ravaging Your Family and Community 24 Hours a Day: Drilling waste truck accident dumps 5,000 gallons toxic secret brew into creek and community drinking water reservoir in Ohio at 3 AM

Truck overturns, spills drilling wastewater that taints reservoir by Laura Arenschield, March 9, 2016, The Columbus Dispatch

A truck hauling drilling wastewater overturned in eastern Ohio early this morning, sending thousands of gallons of toxic water into a nearby creek and contaminating a reservoir in Barnesville in Belmont County.

The truck crashed along a curve just after 3 a.m. today, said Barnesville Fire Chief Bob Smith. The driver, Hiley Wogan of Chesterhill, Ohio, was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Columbus, Smith said.

About 5,000 gallons of drilling wastewater spilled into a field, then a creek and finally into one of Barnesville’s three reservoirs. Smith said the reservoir is closed while the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency tests the water. James Lee, an EPA spokesman, said the agency is investigating the spill. Smith said the truck is owned by ECM, a brine hauling company with a location in Cambridge, Ohio, not far from Barnesville. [Emphasis added]

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