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Piedmont Gas pipeline spills mud into Sevenmile creek

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Sevenmile Creek is almost always sparkling clear, but Wednesday, water near a Piedmont Gas drill site turned muddy

"Drilling mud is primarily water and Bentonite clay," Piedmont engineer Keith Napier explained. "Bentonite clay helps lubricate and does not allow any type of debris to come back through the drill itself."

It's the second time Bentonite clay has leaked from a Piedmont drill site.  In May there was a spill at Radnor Lake, turning the water cloudy.  Piedmont workers cleared the lake of the clay by hauling five gallon buckets.

Napier says the clay is nontoxic but, like other clay, could possibly cause problems for crayfish.

"What we do first is sweep the area to see if there is any crayfish or anything else," Napier said.  "If there are, we remove those and bring them upstream so that we don't have them in the area but it is to help that process so we don't have any wildlife in the area while we're doing our recovery processes."

The spill didn't bother James Harvey, who brings his family to stroll through Seven Mile Creek every Friday.

"My wife was doing research online this morning and had heard about the spill," Harvey said.  "She checked and what it sounds like, what's being reported, is that the water is safe for kids."

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