Barnesville Village officials say no harm has been done to the drinking water supply after a tanker truck overturned on State Route 800 south of Barnesville at approximately 3 a.m.  Wednesday, March 9, spilling 5,000 gallons of brine water, some of which went into a nearby creek, an unnamed tributary to the north fork of Captina Creek,  that leads to Reservoir #1.
Water flow from the reservoir remained shut off last week while the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency tested the water. An OEPA spokesman  said the testing will determine what the truck was carrying.  Chapter 1509.01  of the Ohio Revised Code defines brine as “all saline geological formation water resulting from, obtained from, or produced in connection with exploration, drilling, well stimulation, production of oil or gas, or plugging of a well”.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials were also on scene and determined that there was no impact on area wildlife.
The State Highway Patrol said the tanker truck tipped over after the driver, Hiley Wogan of Chesterhill, Ohio, lost control going around a curve while traveling northbound on State Route 800. Wogan was transported via medical helicopter to a Columbus hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The truck was hauling waste from a well in Monroe County owned by Gulfport Energy, an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company.
Traffic on SR 800 South was closed for over eight hours on Wednesday while a hazardous materials crew cleaned up the spill.
Barnesville Mayor Dale Bunting expressed his concern for the tanker truck driver on Thursday. “First of all, I hope the driver is O.K.,” Bunting said.
He went on to praise the response time of the OEPA and local fire and EMS crews. “I was really impressed with the response time of the EPA, and local fire and EMS and the job they did,” he said. “The state got  there right away and closed the road. They did a fantastic job.”
Bunting said that fortunately, the village was not drawing drinking water from Reservoir #1 at that time. He said the village was “lucky”, but proactive planning also helped reduce the risk of contamination of the village’s water supply.
“A year and half to two years ago, we put in two catch ponds (on the east side of SR 00 South) in case something like that would happen, and they worked,” Bunting said.
 He said much of the 5,000 gallons of brine went into a creek on the west side of the road and the property owner has given the village permission to look into putting a catch pond on that side.
“We realized a long time ago during discussions of creating a Source Water Protection Plan that with the [oil and gas] traffic, it made sense to be proactive,” Bunting said.  “The catch ponds worked, but we need to do a little more. We have to do what we can to protect the reservoir and the water supply,” he said.  
Bunting said Barnesville Water Plant Supervisor Doug Frye has been in close communication with the EPA while they did testing. Bunting said that the brine should dissipate quickly, being less than 5,000 gallons in a 90 million gallon reservoir, but as a precaution the village stopped water withdrawals from the reservoir by Antero Resources.
“We took the precautions we needed to take to protect our consumers,” Bunting said.
Village Administrator Roger Deal said officials did not expect EPA water test results until early this week.
It has been almost a year since a draft of the Source Water Protection Plan was unveiled at a public meeting at which Steven Saines, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency hydrogeologist gave an overview of the plan.
Over the course of five meetings beginning in the autumn of 2014,the Village of Barnesville, with the input of residents, OEPA, the ODNR, Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District, Concerned Barnesville Area Residents, Antero Resources and Gulfport Energy, began working on a Source Water Protection Plan to better protect the village’s drinking water reservoirs from future contamination or degradation.
At the April 9, 2015 meeting, many in attendance asked for the  inclusion of a statement in the plan requesting the avoidance of any oil and gas facilities within the three village reservoir watersheds.
The village has yet to adopt an SWPP due to ongoing negotiations with Gulfport over the placement of well pads on village-owned property.
CBAR  has a meeting Thursday, March 17 at which discussion will include continuing to encourage the adoption of a SWPP. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.  and will be held at the Library Annex, 611 N. Chestnut St., Barnesville.