COLUMBUS— State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today responded to this morning’s well pad emergency near Powhatan Point in Belmont County, Ohio. 

Cera noted that state officials from ODNR assured him that the agency is working with the OEPA and local emergency officials to minimize the impact on local residents and the environment surrounding the spill and fire.

“ODNR has reached out and are working with local officials for the safety of our residents and the protection of our natural resources. It is my understanding that XTO officials are setting up a hotline to help address questions and concerns regarding temporary housing, etc. I will continue to monitor the situation and work with all parties to ensure that the creek is restored to the way it was before this incident took place.”