State Gets Order Against Oil Company

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky regulators have obtained a court order aimed at an eastern Kentucky company accused of contaminating
the Whitesburg water supply.

The order signed Wednesday by Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd allows the state to bring a contempt of court charge against Childers Oil if the company has further leaks.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet filed suit against Childers Oil after a diesel fuel spill last week fouled the North Fork of the Kentucky River.

The spill led to Letcher County residents being advised not to drink the water for several days.

Childers Oil owner-operator Missy Matthews told the Lexington Herald-Leader that an agreed upon order makes sense because the company has done everything regulators have asked it to do.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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