Black water spills into Martin County creek

Published: Jan. 16, 2016 at 7:53 PM EST
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Citizens in Martin County are concerned after a creek turned black.

On Friday, the Martin County Emergency Management Director contacted the Kentucky Division of Water. Revelation Energy reported slurry spilled into Wolf Creek.

"It happens quite frequently out that way," Emergency Management Director Lee Gauze said.

Gauze said the county sees black water spills a couple times a year. He said he received many complaints about the incident.

"It's frustrating for the county as a whole, especially for the people who live out in that area," Gauze said.

However, some say spills come with the territory in coal country.

"The mine does the best they can and it really wasn't bad enough to impact fish or anything," Martin County resident James Jude said.

Officials say it will take a few days for the water to clear.

Gauze said drinking water "should not be impacted." He said a response team was called out to the area to inspect the water.