Broken Pipeline Spills Oil into Kentucky River; Amount Not Yet Known
An oil pipeline broke and spilled crude oil into the Kentucky River early Wednesday, creating a miles-long slick along the tributary of the Ohio River.
Just the Kentucky River was affected so far, said Stacy Floden, a spokeswoman for Kentucky Emergency Management. The pipeline broke above ground, and the oil spread into the river.
Authorities did not know how much oil had poured into the river.
Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said the pipeline was shut off and environmental officials were on the scene. He said there had been no injuries or evacuations.
The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the spill along with state and local officials.