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Drilling Material Spills Into Sevenmile Creek

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Crews work on the Piedmont Natural Gas pipeline on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Crews work on the Piedmont Natural Gas pipeline on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
(Image courtesy Piedmont Natural Gas) (Image courtesy Piedmont Natural Gas)
(Image courtesy Piedmont Natural Gas) (Image courtesy Piedmont Natural Gas)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee environmental officials said non-toxic drilling material from a Piedmont Natural Gas pipeline construction project has spilled into Sevenmile Creek in south Nashville.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation spokeswoman Meg Lockhart said the spill of bentonite happened Wednesday and was the company's second incident since May.

Bentonite is a naturally occurring material and is not toxic. It can cause a cloudiness in the water which could harm or kill wildlife.

Lockhart said cleanup crews installed two check dams in the tributary. Another was installed in the creek itself. She said Thursday's rain was a concern, and high water halted cleanup efforts.

The work will likely resume Friday morning.

In the May incident, about 300 gallons of bentonite clay and water spilled into Otter Creek.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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