DEP cites Ga. company for oil spill

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State regulators have issued four violation notices against Atlanta-based Black Crow Oil for a spill at the company's well site on Cavender Drive near Elkview, the state Department of Environmental Protection said Friday. 

As many as 50 barrels of oil leaked from a faulty load-out line on the site's holding tank on Thursday, DEP said. The spilled oil entered a tributary of Indian Creek, traveled into Indian Creek, and then flowed into Elk River.

The DEP's Office of Oil and Gas and its Homeland Security and Emergency Response Unit responded to the spill, which has been contained and is being cleaned up by Black Crow, DEP said.

The cleanup is expected to take several days. DEP has notified West Virginia American Water, which has intakes along the Elk River, about the spill. Two violations were issued to Black Crow for polluting waters. Violations also were issued to the company for failing to report the spill in a timely manner and for having an incorrect American Petroleum Institute identification number on its well.

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