Last updated 6:44PM ET
December 12, 2017
WOUB Local News
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Coal slurry spill blackens 10 miles of creek
(WOUB) - Part of Belmont County's Captina Creek has turned black from a coal slurry spill.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio and U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies are investigating the spill from the Ohio Valley Coal Company mine near Alledonia.

Chris Wilt of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says 10 miles of the Ohio River tributary turned black from the slurry.

The polluted water was nearing the Ohio River Thursday evening

The creek contains an endangered salamander.

Slurry is water contaminated with coal dust that is used to wash freshly mined coal.
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