An oil spill at Stonecoal Lake Wildlife Management Area, which is located in Upshur and Lewis counties, was reported during the late evening hours on Wednesday, April 17. According to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, an environmental cleanup company was contracted to contain and clean up the spill the next day.
Casey E. Korbini, who is the WVDEP’s Acting Chief Communications Officer and Deputy Director for Remediation Programs, said that the source of the spill was believed to be a leaking house gas line connected to a gathering line of a well. Korbini also reported that no responsible party had been determined yet.
As of Tuesday, cleanup efforts continue on land in the area impacted by the line separation. The WVDEP also said that oil is still being removed from the surface of the lake that ponded at the dam. Booms have been placed in the outlet below the dam for precaution; however, these remain clean and oil free at this time, with no indication that oil has left the lake. No impacts to aquatic life have been observed and fishermen are still permitted on the lake.