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WTRF.com UPDATE: Spill From Drilling Site Ran Into Little Wheeling Creek

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State regulators are investigating a spill from a drilling operation in Ohio County that damaged a house and entered a nearby creek.

 Media outlets report that more than 6,000 gallons of water and a non-toxic clay mixture called drilling mud entered the basement of a house in Valley Grove last week.
Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling-News Register that drilling mud from a MarkWest Energy operation also entered Little Wheeling Creek twice last week. About 30 fish died.
Aluise says MarkWest will conduct a stream remediation after drilling is completed.
MarkWest spokesman Robert McHale says the company is working to minimize the potential for such incidents.
McHale says the company also trying to determine how drilling mud entered the house.

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One Valley Grove resident thought her dogs were the cause of the noise that woke her up, but after walking through her house, Becki Wieczorkowski found that the walls and ceilings were separating and her floors were cracking.  

Then, she found her basement full of water.  

According to authorities on the scene, the water, which was being used as a lubricant to drill a horizontal bore hole 40 feet underground for a new natural gas pipeline under a nearby roadway, is not contaminated.

Wieczorkowski said that all her appliances and her furnace in the basement are destroyed.  

According to DEP spokesman Tom Aluise, MarkWest was using contractor Sunland Construction to drill the horizontal bore hole.

Aluise said that more than 7,000 gallons of water have been pumped from the house's basement.