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Monday, August 18, 2008

Oil Killing Wild Trout In Chappel Fork

WESB News: 08/18/08 - Oil Cleanup Continues on ANF

Allegheny National Forest officials are coordinating with several other federal, state, and local agencies to investigate the spill on the forest.

Officials say the oil was contained before it reached the Kinzua Reservoir or Chappel Bay.

On Sunday, an environmental clean-up company hired by Snyder Brothers of Kittanning installed a containment dam on Chappel Fork to cause the crude oil and water to separate so the oil can be siphoned off to a vacuum truck.

About six miles of stream was affected by the spill: four miles of Chappel Fork and nearly two miles of Indian Run. The two-mile stretch of Chappel Fork above the containment dam was heavily polluted while the remaining four miles was moderately damaged.

Chappel Fork is a unique waterway because wild trout naturally reproduce there. Officials began seeing dead fish (trout and shiners), reptiles, and amphibians as they inspected the streams today. An in-depth assessment will continue as response efforts proceed.

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