Monday, January 31, 2005

Sunoco Logistics has allowed 63,000 gallons of crude oil to spill into the Kentucky River north of Carrollton, Kentucky last Wednesday. By Monday the company had fixed and restarted the ruptured pipeline, though the spilled oil had already spread to the Ohio river and contaminated drinking water 60 miles away in Louisville, Kentucky. The federal Environmental Protection Agency's workers were able to skim approximately 40,000 gallons off the water's surface. Louisville Water Company treated the water to remove tastes or odors associated with the oil. Company spokesperson Barbara Crow promises that the levels of carcinogens "we're seeing in the river are not exceeding the federal standards" for drinking water.