Last updated 2:47PM ET
October 18, 2017
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
Looking Better
(2008-02-29)
(WOUB) - Ohio officials report that an eastern Ohio waterway is beginning to look clearer again following a spill of mining waste.

Spokeswoman Heather Lauer with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says slurry - waste water from the washing of coal - has made its way down about 10 miles of Captina Creek in Belmont County
to the Ohio River.

The spill was first reported Thursday, as the creek ran black.

Lauer says her agency wants to determine when the slurry began
leaking from a storage area near an Ohio Valley Coal Company mine
and why it happened.
The state is monitoring for any harm to fish or other wildlife.
Captina Creek is home to the Eastern hellbender, an endangered
salamander.
The mine did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

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