MarkWest cleanup 6-1

Robert McHale pictured, manager of environmental and government affairs with MarkWest Energy, reviews wetlands near the Jockey Hollow Wildlife Area outside where a clay and water mixture used in horizontal directional drilling spilled last fall.

McHale said a group of workers spent several months carefully removing the non-toxic mixture and is working with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, which issued an administrative order after the company had eight such events, known as inadvertent returns, since late last year.

As MarkWest Energy Partners continues to negotiate findings and orders amid clay slurry spills in the area, company officials stress that protecting the environment is of the utmost importance.

Details of the cleanup are featured in the June 1, 2013 edition of the Harrison News-Herald.