State Authorities Investigate Oil Well Salt Water Spill
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is investigating a salt water injection well spill that occurred late Wednesday evening about 2 miles west of State Road 61, south of 900 South in rural Pike County.
A local resident was out for a walk when he noticed water spewing from an injection well site which is owned by the Lawrence Oil Company of Mount Carmel, Illinois.
Once the oil well and the salt water injection well were shut down, the clean up began.
About 100 barrels of salt water escaped, but a nearby privately owned strip pit kept the spill contained.
No salt water entered any public waters and the small amount of oil in the salt water was recovered.
Officials say the environmental impact to the area appears minimal at this time.
Salt water, a pollutant, is a by-product when oil is pumped from the ground.