YOUNGSTOWN - State agencies are conducting a criminal investigation into how more than 20,000 gallons of waste water containing crude oil products ended up in a Salt Springs Road storm sewer and eventually the Mahoning River.
According to a report filed with the National Response Center in Washington, D.C., the incident occurred Thursday, but was not reported until 4 p.m. Friday. The National Response Center declined to release information on who filed the complaint.
D&L Energy officials at their Salt Springs Road facility this morning said only that D&L was not named in the complaint.
A prepared statement released by the company confirmed that Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are looking into the incident which occurred on D&L property.
"We wish to state clearly that D&L Energy was not involved in the incident. Other companies were operating on D&L-owned property at the time of the incident, and it is D&L's understanding that those other companies are working with state authorities to determine exactly what happened and why," the statement said. "D&L will conduct its own independent investigation to determine what companies may have been involved and ascertain the facts surrounding the incident."
A D&L spokesman refused to name the company involved in the spill.