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UPDATE: DEP confirms second leak did not reach river; but find underground pipe

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UPDATE:

The WV DEP has confirmed that another leak occurred at about 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Freedom Industries Etowah Terminal site, but the DEP is confident that MCHM did not reach the Elk River. 

A crew using an excavator to expand a cut-off trench struck an underground pipe, severing the pipe. A mixture of water and crude MCHM then leaked from the pipe into the trench.

Officials are now saying that pipe is a piece of scrap pipe, roughly 18 feet long and not connected to anything at either end. Crews will continue to pump out liquids that are being collected in the cutoff trench until a permanent solution is decided on.

The pipe might have been placed there years ago for drainage according to WVDEP officials.

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ORIGINAL:

The WV DEP has confirmed that another leak occurred at about 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Freedom Industries Etowah Terminal site, but the DEP is confident that MCHM did not reach the Elk River. 

A crew using an excavator to expand a cut-off trench struck an underground pipe, severing the pipe. A mixture of water and crude MCHM then leaked from the pipe into the trench.

The trench is located near the tanks and is a safeguard against more material reaching the river.  The DEP said the trench caught the leaked fluid and none of it reached the river.

It isn't known how much of the chemical leaked from the pipe, and the DEP is currently using a pump to suck the chemical from the trench. The DEP also will use a camera to determine where the pipe goes.

Several odor complaints were called in by the public, but crews did not consider the leak to be a serious incident. The DEP has indicated the situation is under control.