Oak Glen Nature Preserve

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It's been four years since an oil pipeline in Colerain Township ruptured, spewing thousands of gallons of crude down a hillside creek at Oak Glen Nature Preserve. In 2016, the focus shifted from cleaning the site, to restoration. That process is nearing completion.

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In March, 2014, Hamilton County Park rangers at the Oak Glen Nature Preserve discovered an underground pipeline running through the preserve had ruptured, releasing approximately 20,000 gallons of crude oil. Cleanup began almost immediately and most of the oil was recovered, but the preserve's habitat was severely damaged and restoration efforts are still underway.

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Great Parks of Hamilton County says it's reached a settlement with Sunoco Pipeline. An oil line ruptured in March 2014 releasing thousands of gallons of oil into the Oak Glen Nature Preserve.

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It's been a little over two years since an oil pipeline running through a nature preserve in Colerain Township ruptured, sending hundreds of gallons of oil cascading down a stream into a wetland and threatening to reach the Great Miami River. As Great Parks of Hamilton County Board of Park Commissioners will hear Thursday afternoon, the clean-up is complete, but the restoration is just beginning.

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It was late evening on March 17 when neighbors reported smelling diesel near the Oak Glen Nature Preserve in Colerain Township. An underground pipeline run by a Sunoco subsidiary had ruptured and oil was oozing down a hillside creek, collecting in a pond and threatening to seep into the Great Miami River.

A month later, you can still see oil ringing trees like high-water marks.

Great Parks of Hamilton County spokeswoman Jennifer Sivak says, "you can still smell the oil."

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Health officials say air and water quality tests around the site of an oil pipeline break in Colerain Township keep turning out well.

"We tested four wells on three properties (Thursday)," says Mike Samet with Hamilton County Public Health. "Results came back: no contamination from oil. We have two more samples out (Friday)... We're fully expecting them to be uncontaminated as well."

Approximately 10,000 gallons of crude oil leaked out of a burst underground pipeline in Oak Glen Nature Preserve. The leak was discovered Monday night.

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The cleanup continues at Oak Glen Nature Preserve where a pipeline leak dumped approximately 10,000 gallons of crude oil into a stream and wetland area.

Crews are vacuuming up oil and trying to figure out what caused the pipeline to burst. That investigation is ongoing with no answers so far.

Steve Renniger with the US Environmental Protection Agency says Wednesday morning's rain isn't affecting cleanup efforts.

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Crews are preparing to clean up thousands of gallons of oil that began leaking Monday evening from a pipeline running through a Colerain Township nature preserve.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency estimates 7,000-10,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Oak Glen Nature Preserve. Sunoco subsidiary Mid-Valley Pipeline Co. estimates the spill amounts to about 240 barrels.

The EPA says the spill was reported shortly after 8 p.m. Monday. Great Parks of Hamilton County spokeswoman Jennifer Sivak says the park district was notified around 9 p.m.