Clean-up and testing ongoing after oil spill in Pine Grove


Cleanup is ongoing in Pine Grove after an oil spill from the Mobley plant early Saturday morning potentially contaminated the water. Water sampling and testing is ongoing in Beckley.

Water still should only be used for sanitation purposes (i.e. flushing the toilet) until test results are back.

There are more than 75 MarkWest employees and contractors working in Pine Grove for spill response. Bottled water is being distributed at The Byrd Center, and each of the 360 households have been notified about the spill.

There has been no explanation for the cause of the release, but the main focus has been making sure Pine Grove residents have a source of clean water and that the heat transfer oil is fully cleaned up from the North Fork of Fishing Creek.

Pine Grove has been able to switch over to an alternate source of clean water and plenty of bottled water is still available at the Byrd Center.

MarkWest said they would like to thank the local first responders and Mayor Justice for their support and cooperation and the residents of Pine Grove for working with us as we resolve this matter.

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