Officials: Diesel Contaminated Water Supply

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Test results confirm it was diesel that contaminated the Whitesburg water supply and officials say Don Childers is responsible.

Thousands of people in Letcher County remain under a non-consumption advisory.

Letcher County Judge Executive Jim Ward says once the water is confirmed safe, they will lift the advisory...possibly as early as Sunday.

State officials say damaged fuel storage tanks leaked into the river four miles upstream from the water plant intake.

The tanks are the property of Childers Oil and officials say owner Don Childers was issued a notice of violation Friday.

He faces fines of up to $25,000 per day, per violation.

Childers was also found responsible for a similar leak last November.


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  • by Ann Location: Letcher on Feb 23, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    Everyone needs to get real. People need to wake up and realize that Letcher Co. wouldn't be on the map if it wasn't for Don Childers and Childers Oil. The Childers family are great people who make great contributions to our community. They provide hundreds of jobs for Letcher countians and they provide many ammenities and conveniences to all of us. Furthermore, the commonwealth greatly benefits from the tax revenue the Childers' company generates. So, instead of looking down on the Childers, be greatful to have people like Don Childers who have a real vision for our area.
  • by Kathy on Feb 23, 2009 at 04:46 AM
    Why is this behavior tolerated?
  • by Millie Location: Paintsville on Feb 23, 2009 at 04:39 AM
    Letcher County must have a bunch of whimps.
  • by interested citizen Location: whitesburg on Feb 22, 2009 at 09:48 PM
    25,000.00 a day is nothing for this man.needs to be millions of dollars of fines you can't replace what this has done for the environment little lone people getting sick.is don going to pay their bills.where is ms.sawery's and bill o'reilly when you need them.why hasn't wymt investigated this more? maybe don pays them off like he does the county officals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Caring Citizen Location: Letcher Co. on Feb 22, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    Perhaps a boycot of the Childer's establishments may make Don a little more considerate in the future. His only concern to date appears to be his bottom line so that is where you have to hit him to get his attention. Food City has gas and Walmart has everything else.
  • by TAMMY Location: PIKEVILLE on Feb 21, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    I THINK DON CHILDERS SHOULD PAY! THIS MAKE THE SECOND TIME HIS COMPANY HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE WATER SITUTIONS IN LETCHER
  • by dor Location: cumb. on Feb 21, 2009 at 07:34 PM
    Its time to make the big man pay! No more slaps on the wrist.
  • by dave Location: letcher co on Feb 21, 2009 at 07:04 PM
    we need to have 20/20 and every other news net. in here and do a story on what all is going on here. IF OUR COUNTY AND CITY ELECTED OFFICALS DON'T DO EVERY THING THAT THEY CAN DO TO MAKE THIS COMPANY PAY FOR THIS WE SHOULD START IMPEACPMENT ACTIONS ON THEM,BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT DOING THERE JOB TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE THAT ELECTED THEM.
  • by gloria Location: 282 circle drive,whitesburg. on Feb 21, 2009 at 06:25 PM
    i am a citizen of whitesburg,an my water system is very bad .i feel like Don Childers should pay for those that are on the Whitesburg water system.
  • by Bob Location: Whitesburg on Feb 21, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    Big Don will be fine until someone gets sick from the contamination and decides to sue him. I'm surprised no one has taken any kind of law suit out against him yet.
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