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Company leaders, concerned citizens react to Kronenwetter gas spill

by Meg Bonacorsi

KRONENWETTER (WAOW) -- You may recall December's gas spill at a company called Magellan Midstream Partners back in December.

A meeting was held tonight to discuss what happened.

As a result of the 35,000 gallon spill, dozens of concerned community members turned out to hear what happened, find out what's going on, and ask questions of their own.

Kronenwetter resident Raymond Villiard says, "I don't think there's enough policy to govern what they do over there.  I think they lie about what they do over there and I don't think the DNR goes far enough to get involved in it over there."

Representatives from the company, Department of Natural Resources and the Marathon County Health Department along with village leaders were all there.

A Magellan employee says they've cleaned up 25 percent of the spill so far.

"The amount of product that we've already recaptured is ahead of expectations so we're doing well and we're putting additional efforts underway to increase the capacity of removing it even quicker.  So far so good," Bruce Heine says.

He says they do have a plan in place if the gas spreads outside their property, but right now they are focusing on cleanup.  It could take up to a year to complete.

Online Reporter: Meg Bonacorsi

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