SADIEVILLE A bio-diesel leak has affected a creek in northern Scott County near Sadieville.
A cleanup firm hired by Love's Travel Stop on Porter Road has pumped out over 60,000 of gallons of water from Little Eagle Creek, which included about 3,000 gallons of biodiesel, according to a county official.
Jack Donovan, director of the Georgetown/Scott County Emergency Management Agency, said his agency was notified of the leak on Nov. 18, but some residents in the area said they had seen the leak two weeks before that.
Donovan said the leak is coming from the Love's Travel Stop but the exact source has not been located. Love’s Travel Stop is a national chain of truck stops.
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“They’ve checked their pipes, their tanks and everything and can’t find a leak,” he said.
The leak has been contained, he said, adding that between a quarter and half-mile of the creek has been affected.
Donovan said the cleanup is still in progress and would “take a long time” to complete with no definite date set.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources are two state agencies have been involved with bio-diesel leak.
The handling of the leak would eventually be turned over to Superfund, a division of the EPA that is responsible for cleaning up contaminations, he said.
About 2,000 fish were killed, mostly minnows and other small fish, Donovan said.
Biodiesel is an animal fat-based diesel fuel that is nontoxic.
Ryan Welton, the external communications manager of Love's Travel Stops, said the reason thousands of fish died is because bio diesel absorbs the oxygen in the creek.
Welton said the leak has stopped and the company is still searching for the source of the leak.
“The creek is improving,” Donovan added.
Trey Crumbie: 859-231-3261, @CrumbieHLeader