Oil Spills from Storage Tank In Eastern Kentucky

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ and AP) -- Thousands of gallons of crude oil spilled into a creek in Pike County on Thursday.

The creek is a tributary of the Big Sandy River.

Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett says a landslide broke the piping off a storage tank sometime overnight, releasing the oil inside the tank into the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy. He says an estimated 4,200 gallons - about a hundred barrels - spilled from the tank.

Workers set up a boom to catch any oil that may have gotten into the Big Sandy.

Tackett says the spill is downstream from Pike County's water intake valves and should not have any effect on the drinking water in the area.

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