Property Owners Worry Their Land Will Never Be The Same After Oil Spill

By: Angela Sparkman
By: Angela Sparkman

Cleaning their property might take weeks, but neighbors in one eastern Kentucky community say they can't take the smell that long.

An oil spill is polluting the land and air of a Pike County community.

Crews believe they have the oil contained in the creeks and streams and now they're working on the land. As you can see, they spent all day putting down the pads to soak up the oil, but property owners worry their land will never be the same.

David and Debbie Moore say they like living secluded on top of a mountain to enjoy nature.

"We like it natural, natural life, this is my home place and we try to preserve it." David Moore said.

But they're afraid an oil spill took that all away from them.

Equitable Gas Company officials say it appears a seal broke on a natural gas well on the property, causing oil to leak into it and then spew all over the land and streams.

The smell is so bad, the Moore's say it made them sick, but they're more concerned about the effects on their land and pets.

"We have a pond stocked with catfish and I worry about that. I have cats and dogs, my flowers, my gardens, my fruit trees, all of that," Debbie Moore said.

Crews say they're doing all they can as quick as they can to clean it all up, but the moore's don't think it will ever bring back their peace of mind.

David & Debbie are saddened by the oil on the land they worked so hard to preserve, but say this will not make them leave. "This is where we live, it's where we want to be," David Moore said.

Crews estimate this will take at least a month to clean up.


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