Investigator: Safe water found at Wellington gas spill

7:15 PM, Jan 30, 2012   |    comments
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WELLINGTON -- Water tested near homes in the Lorain County community of Wellington was found to be safe.

A ruptured gas line had leaked 117,000 gallons of fuel into the ground.  Sunoco and contractors removed 227,000 gallons of water and gasoline from the White Creek Ditch, which is located near a number of homes.  That ditch flows into the Black River.

Channel 3 News tested for gasoline ingredients in both locations, and found low levels of xylene and toluene.

Experts say the levels are considered safe.

Residents in this town near Oberlin do not have wells, and rely on a municipal water system for its drinking water.

Although this was considered a major spill that forced 70 residents to evacuate, there were no injuries and everyone has since returned home safely.


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