Rock Slide Forces KY Well Oil Spill

Monday, April 7, 2014 @ 04:04 PM gHale

A rock slide that ended up damaging a storage container at an oil well in Kentucky spilled 4,200 gallons of crude oil into streams and the Levisa Fork River Thursday.

A rock slide either overturned or damaged a storage container at an oil well on Harmons Branch, said Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett.

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A majority of the spill ended up contained to Harmons Branch but some oil did make it to the river and cleanup is ongoing, Tackett said.

Kinzer Drilling notified the agency of the spill on Thursday morning and requested assistance, Tackett said.

The downstream water plants received a warning to keep a lookout for oil and shut their intakes down if they see it.

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