Oil Spilled into Salt Lick Creek

Hueyville, Ky. (WYMT)- Crews worked an oil spill Thursday on an Eastern Kentucky Creek.

While the creek runs shallow, the pain runs deep for a Dolvin Ratliff, who is the pastor at nearby Salt Lick Community Baptist Church.

"This is the water hole we baptize in," Ratliff said. "And children in this holler here, they come and fish."

He also said pollution has been a problem in the past in the creek.

Area waterways are monitored, said Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesman Dick Brown.

"We're constantly monitoring those creeks and if we do find anything, look for the source, and work with the owners to mitigate that from happening again."

Brown also said the spill was likely intentional.

"Really, there's no other source along that creek that would put that much oil into the creek, other than someone deliberately dumping it there," he said.

Ratliff agreed.

"This is something that was done intentionally," Ratliff said. "Either they wanted to get rid of it or they wanted to hurt somebody."


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