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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.”

Read this article at http://www.theintelligencer.net/news/top-headlines/2017/12/family-sues-over-drilling-fluid-spill-near-home-in-glencoe/

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