Minor slurry spill reported in Martin County, Kentucky

The Martin County coal sludge spill in 2000

MARTIN COUNTY, KY — “The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says a slurry spill has been reported along Coldwater Branch, which is also Route 908. Dispatchers tell that the spill was reported between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Tuesday. They say Martin County Coal contacted the Kentucky Environmental Protection Agency to say there was a slurry spill. It’s not known how much spilled. K.C. Fitch with Martin County EMS tells that the spill is minor. Fitch says the spill has turned the creek water black, but did not cause a significant rise in the water levels. He says crews are now on the scene working to contain the spill,” WSAZ.

Coldwater Branch in Martin County, KY is a tributary of the Big Sandy River, which in turn flows into the Ohio River at Catlettsburg, KY. In 2000, a sludge dam broke in Martin County, releasing a torrent of 300 million gallons of toxic coal sludge into the water system.

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