Drilling well may have disturbed pocket of oil

FAIRVIEW, Tenn. (AP) -- A water well was drilled months ago in Middle Tennessee and now crude oil is leaking into a nearby creek.

State environmental inspectors told the land owner, Rev. John Gouldener, the small pocket of oil will probably play out soon. While a definite cause of the spill hasn't been determined, inspectors said it was likely that drilling the water well disturbed a small naturally occurring pocket of oil.

The oil has been seeping into Brush Creek near Fairview for more than a week. Booms have been placed to contain it. The well was sunk months before the oil began seeping, according to The Tennessean.

Gouldener is pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Nashville. He bought the property about a year ago.

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