Diesel Fuel Ruins Water Supply In Letcher County

Diesel fuel is what officials confirm is causing thousands of people to go without water in Letcher County, and now, state officials plan to cite the same company that caused a similar problem back in November.
Test results confirm that diesel fuel from a "Childers Oil" gas station leaked from storage tanks into the north fork of the Kentucky River. An estimated four-thousand households have been warned against using the water for drinking, cooking, or bathing since Monday.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports state officials have been sampling the water all week, to see whether it is safe for consumption. More results are expected tomorrow.
In the meantime, officials have set up several areas where people around Whitesburg can get fresh water.
Until ten each night, you can go to the Colson Senior Citizens Center, Cowan Recycling Center, Letcher Fire Department, County Garage at Mayking, or the Whitesburg City Hall until nine in the evening.
At this time, officials don't know how much longer it will be until the water there will be safe.


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  • by alf Location: ky on Feb 24, 2009 at 05:52 PM
    what is the fire depart going to do about a house or buniess fire spray diesal or gasoline on it pump the tank out make him pay for it maybe his place will catch fire and the fire de4part con put it out diesal
  • by James Location: Whitesburg, KY. on Feb 23, 2009 at 05:27 PM
    OK If Don Childers is going to remain in Letcher County and especially in Whitesburg with all his oil trucks, oil tanks and service stations, we need to look out for ourselves. The only way to do this is for the city to attain an alternate water source when the river is no longer usable. The only one that I know of without building a new reservoir is Fishpond Lake near Jenkins. A water line could be run from there and piped into the present Whitesburg Water Plant. This water supply would be much cleaner. A law would have to be passed by the city to keep oil and gas wells, coal mines and people like Don Childers out of the Fishpond tributary. In the meantime, a new reservoir needs to be built up closer to the city in one of the hollows around Whitesburg with no pollutes upstream. The city might try to rebuild Snake Vally Lake for the project. This is a solution to the water problem and not a gripe. Thanks.
  • by Citizen on Feb 23, 2009 at 02:20 PM
    This man needs to pay for his crime, where is the EPA? Come on get those guys out there. Mr. Childress should have already been behind the bars. I'm going to complain until they lock his hindend up.
  • by Kellie on Feb 23, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    Someone quick call your hero Bill Oraly and fixed news.
  • by Wilma on Feb 23, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    Does this stuff cause cancer?? sure is a lot of cancer in Letcher County.
  • by anonymous Location: letcher co. on Feb 23, 2009 at 01:18 PM
    why would he be worried he owns most of letcher co.the worst part is the e.p.a. will prrobaly have to do the clean up part of this and we wind up footing that bill for him poisioning our water and fish
  • by resident without water Location: whitesburg on Feb 23, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    Well, another week starts and we still don't have clean water. The test results are still bad and they won't release the non-consumption ban until late Wednesday early Thursday at best. Jug life is getting really old, real quick. I've been camping before..I'm not a city girl, but after awhile, camping is not so much fun anymore..I'm ready to go to the sink and shower and use my own water. It's just simple things in life that people shouldn't have to beg for you know? all because of one man.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    He needs to go to jail. This is the second time in a few months and it's not an accident. Anybody else would've been locked up already. It depends on who you are and who you know. I think he needs to pay for the overtime all these county workers are getting due to the mess he made.
  • by Citizen Location: Whitesburg on Feb 23, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    We as a county need to stop and think about what our county and city are doing to us! They are playing us and using Don Childers as their scapgoat! I am not 100% sure but I do believe that the water had beed contaminated for around three days before our city's water dept. realized what was going on, where were they and how come the water wasn't tested during this time. Shouldn't it have been detected at the latest Friday evening? I thought that the water gets tested on a hourly or at least a daily basis. I can walk from the site of contamination to the water dept. in a little while, doesn't water travel faster? Why is it that it took thim so LONG to figure it out. Also in 3 days wouldn't the water have reached farther than Blackey's water system? I believe that the only reason that Blaackey's water was bad was because they borrowed water from Whitesburg, how come they didn't test the water, maybe they could have caught it earlier? So what's up, think about it!!!!
  • by citizen Location: whitesburg on Feb 23, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    This is uncalled for!I live in letcher county and I have an autoimmune disorder. This is happening way too often to trust the water system and something needs to be done. I am tired of being sick from this water and the person responsible doesn't care about anyone in this county. And the water dept and health dept say they cannot put someone with an autoimmune disorder on any list to contact them when there is an advisory! We have to find out after the water has been consumed. It's time for the people of letcher county to stand together!
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