Some pollution you can smell or see: the fumes from a diesel-powered truck, a slick of oil on the Ohio River. Some sources are less noticeable but just as insidious. As WFPL’s Kristin Espeland reports, underground petroleum storage tanks are getting renewed attention with an influx of federal stimulus funds.
State officials have asked for a temporary injunction against Childers Oil in Whitesburg, Kentucky. The company has already been cited twice for allowing underground petroleum storage tanks to leak into the county’s water supply.
Letcher County residents have been warned not to use their tap water for anything but flushing toilets. A petroleum leak is suspected, and was also the culprit for a similar incident in November 2008.
Letcher County residents can once again drink the water after state officials declared it safe from a petroleum leak. Earlier this week, officials discovered waste oil seeping into the North Fork of the Kentucky River, near the city of Whitesburg’s water plant intake.