CINCINNATI (AP) — A 5-inch crack in a pipeline caused more than 10,000 gallons of crude oil to leak into a suburban nature preserve, officials said Thursday.
The crack was found on the underside of the 20-inch-diameter pipeline, which leaked the oil in the 374-acre Oak Glen Nature Preserve in Colerain Township, just north of Cincinnati, township fire department Capt. Steve Conn said.
The oil, discovered Monday night in a wooded ravine and wetlands, leaked into an intermittent stream and into an acre-sized marshy area, but no problems had been found with air quality or water wells in the area, Conn said.
Efforts were underway to protect salamanders by preventing them from entering the contaminated area, said Jennifer Sivak, a spokeswoman for the Great Parks of Hamilton County system that manages the preserve.
"This is their typical mating season, and they are coming out now," Sivak said Thursday. "We are putting down fences to redirect them to traps and relocating them to Miami Whitewater Forest."
Two dead crayfish had been found, and one live salamander covered with oil was cleaned and taken to a rehabilitation area before being released, authorities said.