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40 Gallon Oil Leak Reported In West Michigan

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Barrel used to hold fuel. FILE PHOTO. (credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images, File)

Barrel used to hold fuel. FILE PHOTO. (credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images, File)

WEARE TOWNSHIP (AP) – Officials say an oil line under a West Michigan roadway leaked about 40 gallons of oil, temporarily closing a rural intersection while cleanup took place.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports the Hart Area Fire Department and an official from Oceana County Emergency Management responded

Wednesday to the scene in Weare Township, about 70 miles northwest of Grand Rapids. Officials say a passerby reported oil bubbling on the road.

The oil line is owned by Ranch Production LLC, an oil and gas company based in nearby Pentwater. Owner Bobby Adams tells The Associated Press that the leak was stopped Wednesday and roughly one barrel of oil, or 42 gallons, was leaked. He says it came from a “pinhole” leak.
Oceana County Emergency Management says the response to the leak was swift.

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