Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Kentucky officials agreed to confidential deal

(AP) — A published report says state officials agreed to keep details of a proposed oil spill deal secret, but a judge rejected the idea.

According to reports, the proposed settlement came in the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet's case against Childers Oil Co. The eastern Kentucky business had been cited multiple times for contaminating a section of the Kentucky River when diesel fuel leaked on its property in Whitesburg.

The proposed agreement sought to have Childers pay the state $48,057 and include a confidentiality clause in which the cabinet would seal the settlement, keeping terms secret

The proposal came before Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate on Sept. 18. He rejected it, citing a missing signature on the proposed agreement. In the same order, he also rejected the request for confidentiality.