Cleveland Gets Its Own Miniature Oil Spill



For residents in Gates Mills, an oil spill usually means a few drops of gas on their Lexus.
  • For residents in Gates Mills, an oil spill usually means a few drops of gas on their Lexus.

Gates Mills is a far cry from the Gulf Shore, but residents to the east of Cleveland are dealing with an oil spill of their own. And no, not a few drops of unleaded on their shiny luxury automobiles. Though that is tragedy of epic and annoying proportions, too.

A well in the hoity-toity suburb spilled 1,000 gallons into nearby streams and sewers when a part failed this weekend. While the 1,000 gallons is a tiny drop in the man-made eco-calamity bucket compared to the approximately 17 kajillion barrels (estimated, naturally) that have flowed into the Gulf of Mexico, expect much hand wringing from the pro-Republican denizens in Gates Mills who likely thought, "Drill baby, drill" should be a slogan on national currency just a few days ago.

No word yet on if they'll ask their nannies or gardeners to assist in the cleanup.

Details after the jump.

According to the AP/PD via the Columbus Dispatch:

A valve failure led to a 1,000-gallon oil spill from a well in an upscale Ohio suburb.

Authorities in Gates Mills east of Cleveland say yesterday's leaking crude oil went into streams, creeks and storm sewers. The broken valve has been repaired.

The Gates Mills Fire Department, state agencies and the well owners began the cleanup last night. It could take several days.

Fire Chief Tom Robinson says the leaked oil does not pose a fire or explosion threat or danger to drinking water.

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