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Ohio family sues over drilling fluid spill near home in Glencoe

GLANCE, Ohio — Scarcely more than 1-month-old on Oct. 19, tiny Amelia Gantzer couldn’t have been ready for pipeline contractors to surround her home with noisy trucks, machines and hoses for about a month to clean up a drilling fluid spill.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency spokesman James Lee said officials cited Texas-based Summit Midstream Partners for an unauthorized release of bentonite clay into the stream along Belmont County Road 5 on Oct. 19. Charles and Kacey Gantzer, Amelia’s parents, live in a home along this stream near the community of Glencoe, along with their other daughter, 18-month-old Adaline.

“At times, the noise was so loud, it was difficult to hear my 2-month-old baby crying in the next room,” Kacey Gantzer said regarding the company’s cleanup efforts. “No one should ever feel like they are trapped in their own home.”

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