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Spill Leaks 1,200 Barrels of Oil Near Ritchie County Creek


The Department of Environmental Protection says a ruptured oil gathering line caused a spill into a creek in Ritchie County.

Department spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that a cleanup could take several weeks.

Gillenwater says about 1,200 barrels of oil leaked from the line owned by West Virginia Oil Gathering on Thursday. Officials haven't determined how much oil went into the creek.

She says the creek was dammed to contain the spill and the line was shut down.

Gillenwater says officials don't know how long the line had been leaking.

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