Stark County residents return to homes after crude oil leak - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Stark County residents return to homes after crude oil leak

Homes evacuated after a crude oil leak. (Source: WOIO) Homes evacuated after a crude oil leak. (Source: WOIO)
EPA dumpsters arrive to haul off the oil contaminated dirt. (Source: WOIO) EPA dumpsters arrive to haul off the oil contaminated dirt. (Source: WOIO)
Crews begin digging to stop leak. (Source: WOIO) Crews begin digging to stop leak. (Source: WOIO)
EAST SPARTA, OH (WOIO) -
Dominion Gas confirms that the crude oil leak at the Springwood Lake Camp has been repaired. Residents were able to return to their homes just after 5 p.m.

The leak happened around 4 a.m. Thursday. No fire or injuries were reported.

Neighbors at the Springwood Lake Campground in East Sparta were evacuated so crews could  begin digging to stop the leak.
 
Officials on the scene in Stark County told us a 30-inch oil main owned by Dominion Gas was leaking, forcing crude oil to bubble up from the ground.  

The smell of natural gas was heavy in the air. Natural gas is a byproduct of the crude oil.
Crews are not clear about how far underground the leak is.  

The excavators rolled in about 9 a.m. and crews been worked 12 hours to determine just how bad the leak is and get it fixed quickly. Residents say it couldn't be soon enough.

One resident was on her way home.

"My car is packed, but we didn't have time to do everything at the camp site to get it ready for winter," said Diane Clayton.

Clayton is packed and ready to head home to Florida Friday morning. Now she's stuck. She received the same early morning wake up as the rest of the campground.

"I was sound asleep at 6 o'clock and I heard the sirens go off saying there's a gas leak in the park," Clayton said.

Clayton and others sit and wait just outside the campground. About 100 yards inside, crews dig. They try to figure out how bad the leak is on the 30-inch line, the main gas supply to the entire New Philadelphia area.

The company does not expect any impact to residential customers beyond the campground property.

"We have to be careful that we don't create a larger problem by resolving this one. So, we are looking to see which ways we can re-route gas to keep service to that area," said Neil Durbin, spokesperson for Dominion East Ohio.

EPA, Hazmat, Dominion Gas and Red Cross officials were all on the scene.

About 200 residents were evacuated. 

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