OEPA closes investigation of Great Miami River oil spill

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Oil boom in water

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

UPDATE @ 5:18 p.m. (June 12):

The Ohio EPA has finished its investigation into a fuel spill into the Great Miami River. An official said there’s no more evidence left for them to trace.

The office was not able to determine the source of the petroleum product leak.

UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m. (June 12):

Investigators are still working to determine the source of an oil spill that resulted in approximately 100 gallons of petroleum leaking into the Great Miami River.
Denny Bristow with the Dayton Area Hazardous Material Response Team said their investigation showed the petroleum flowed into the Great Miami from Wolf Creek, however they have not been able to determine if the spill was intentional or accidental.

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The spill could have caused some issues for aquatic animals, however no significant warnings have been issued for the general public, Bristow said.

The Ohio EPA also is investigating the incident.

UPDATE @ 2:44 a.m. (June 10)

The source of an oil spill reported in the Great Miami River Friday night is still unknown, according to Montgomery County dispatchers.

Dispatchers said crews reported most of the oil in the river was west of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Bridge.

Crews cleared the scene just before midnight without finding the source of the spill.


The Dayton Fire Department responded tonight to a report of an oil slick in the Great Miami River.

Crews are trying to track the source of the oil, and a hazardous materials team was called, Montgomery County Regional Dispatch confirmed.

A passerby reported the oil slick, according to dispatch.

We will update this report as we learn details.