Ohio EPA workers wade through mud infused with drilling materials after a two-million-gallon spill into wetlands from work for an Energy Transfer Partners fracking pipeline. The federal government has told the company to stop new horizontal drilling in eight spots throughout the state.
Ohioans are experiencing a little taste of Standing Rock, right at home. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the Texas company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project in North Dakota, has spilled about two million of gallons of drilling materials in two separate accidents into two of Ohio’s few remaining wetlands in a rush to complete its Rover natural gas pipeline.
The accidents occurred on April 13 and 14 as workers employed the same drilling technique used to bore beneath the Missouri River to place pipeline for the DAPL. According to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the spill covered about 500,000 square feet and was caused by pressure during drilling. Incidents such as these are what fuel pipeline resistance, as environmentalists and tribal members pointed out.
“Energy Transfer Partners has dumped millions of gallons of a milkshake-like substance into pristine wetlands,” said Jenn Miller, director of the Sierra Club of Ohio. “This will have massive impacts on the plant, fish and amphibian species there.”