Major Diesel Spill Near Pike/Martin County Line

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Clean up is still underway in Martin County after diesel spills into the Tug Fork River contaminating the water supply for several areas.

Emergency management officials say diesel from fuel tanks at a nearby I.C.G. surface mine spilled into Big Creek and then six miles into the Tug Fork River. Crews say they have contained the diesel in the water, but it has already gotten into water supplies and into people's homes.

"They call me and there's all kind of diesel in the river, plus also people said they took a shower and there was diesel in the water," said Chris Todd, Martin County DES Director.

"It'll be like your drinking polluted water out of the creek, just walking down getting a cup full of water," said Mike Grierson.

Emergency management officials say water companies affected turned off their water intake services from the river.

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