EPA Response to Gasoline Spill in Wellington, Ohio
Serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and 35 Tribes
US EPA with Ohio EPA is supervising cleanup operations at the spill site. EPA and Sunoco are monitoring air quality. Cleanup teams are doing water sampling and visual checks from the White Ditch and the Black River.
- Soil excavation, air samples part of gasoline cleanup (PDF) (2pp, 335K) January 2012
- Pollution/Situation Report #3 (PDF) (8pp, 63K) January 24, 2012
- Pollution/Situation Report #2 (PDF) (6pp, 63K) January 17, 2012
- Pollution/Situation Report #1 (PDF) (5pp, 63K) January 13, 2012
What EPA is doing
Nearly 117,000 gallons of gasoline was released from a burst 8-inch pipeline, owned by Sunoco Logistics, at about 10:45 pm January 12, 2012 in Wellington, Ohio.
Local emergency responders were alerted to the spill by a resident who was concerned about the strong smell of gasoline. The Wellington emergency team took immediate steps to contain the gasoline as much as possible. Using supplies on hand such as sand and gravel, the responders built an emergency dam that prevented gasoline from reaching the Black River, a tributary of Lake Erie.