Man Sentenced After Dumping Sewage In River

A Johnson County business owner is sentenced to a year in prison and fined more than two-hundred thousand dollars for illegally dumping raw sewage into the Big Sandy River less than a mile from the Paintsville public water intake.

The herald leader reports David L. Bowling, owner of Dave’s concrete products and septic service, pleaded guilty after he was caught in December 2006 dumping sludge and solid waste into the river from a truck labeled "water."


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  • by tim Location: harlan county on May 10, 2008 at 07:53 AM
    we are being robed by people we elected to run our goverment they give us our own tax rebate so we can buy gas from those oil they own.
  • by Jeff Location: johnson co. on Mar 7, 2008 at 08:55 AM
    i dont think he will even go to jail little lone get a year and the part of it is that he worked for the county to put septec systems in for the poor people who could not afford it that is how JOHNSON CO> has always worked take from the people and give to the thief same as the bridge bilding this same man got caught doing the work was not done right but nonthing was done about that either it is always that way but if you get a ticket while driving you will pay out more than he got fined and was harming other peoples lives same as a drunk driver. i no a guy that got 5 years for drinking and driving and stayed 3.5 years but this guy wont pull a day watch and see!
  • by kevin Location: east point on Feb 27, 2008 at 09:05 PM
    the man got exactly what he deserved!!!!!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: E. KY on Feb 27, 2008 at 03:18 PM
    So you come down hard on this individual..and rightly so! He should have not been dumping this into the water!! But what about the "big"' coal and gas companies? Is everyone aware that NO ONE regulates what gas companies do when they drill a well and make a mess? They can roll rocks and debris into a stream and the runoff can destroy surface owners property and carry whatever is on the hillside down into the streams and no one cites them!! How do I know this? I have experience a gas co drilling and doing all this on my property and begged for help from the state and even the national level..with no results. But I was told that if I, as a citizen, put a bulldozer near the creek, I was in deep trouble. When you get an inspector out, it is obvious that they take a "pay-off"! So write and call legislators and ask for fairness and protection!!
  • by Dean Location: Floyd county on Feb 27, 2008 at 07:04 AM
    Okay, so you caught one person dumping sewer into the river. Now why don't you get all the people who have (straight pipes) running into the creek. One way to stop this is to installed a sewer system in every county instead of wasting the county's money needlessly.
  • by Warren Location: Prestonsburg on Feb 27, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    It is believed that sheriff Witten controls who goes to the river....and who doesn't. Very scrupulous characters...
  • by Bill on Feb 27, 2008 at 04:24 AM
    Why so much, its been going on with all sewage haulers for years.As long as they slipped a little cash over at election time.Did this ol boy, buck the trend.

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