Hundreds of gallons of hydraulic fluid were released into the Ohio River after a turbine failure at the New Martinsville hydroelectric plant on Thursday.
The incident occurred at the plant’s location by the Hannibal Lock and Dam shortly after 7 p.m. According to officials, booms were used to contain the material.
As of Friday morning, officials said most of the spill had been contained, however, it was not clear how much of the fluid got into the river. Officials said the maximum possible spillage amount was 1,000 gallons.
The plant consists of two turbines, and one of those was already down for maintenance. It’s expected to be another four weeks before it is operational.
The spill was reported through the National Response Center. ORSANCO was notified as was the Department of Health and Human Resources. The Army Corps of Engineers is also involved since it operates the lock and dam.
A local volunteer fire department was also on site Thursday night helping with the cleanup.