CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials are hoping that as crews move through the next stage of cleanup of thousands of gallons of pipeline oil that leaked into a nature preserve the threat to wildlife will end.
Crews are winding down the initial emergency response, which focused on removing the heaviest concentrations of oil in the Oak Glen Nature Preserve, west of Cincinnati. Federal officials estimate more than 20,000 gallons spilled into the preserve from the leak, discovered nearly two weeks ago.
No problems have been detected with air quality or area water wells, but an official with the Great Parks of Hamilton County, which owns the preserve, said at least 20 animals including salamanders, frogs and crayfish had died. More than 40 animals had been taken from the preserve to be cleaned and cared for until they could be returned to the wild.
Parks stewardship manager Bob Mason said at least 14 rescued creatures had been released into the Miami Whitewater Forest.
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