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.
The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has cited a Whitesburg petroleum wholesaler for contaminating the city’s water supply. Don Childers of Childers Oil Company could pay up to $25,000 for every day he violated state environmental regulations, including one that prohibits unlawful discharges into the Kentucky River.
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.
Kentucky Division of Water officials have shut down the treatment plant in Whitesburg, Kentucky.