Judge says deal over environmental damage can’t be sealed

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Hearing delayed for judge accused of misconduct
Hearing delayed for judge accused of misconduct

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Franklin County judge says he’s inclined to approve the terms of a settlement between the state Energy and Environment Cabinet and an eastern Kentucky oil company over a diesel fuel leak but can’t allow it to be sealed.
Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate said at a hearing Monday that the final resolution of a case brought by the state over environmental damage is not one of the circumstances in which a court can seal a record.
The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1Mbsrjt ) reports the lawyer representing the cabinet, Kathleen Saunier, told the judge she took responsibility for the way the settlement was handled. Saunier said the cabinet stands by the agreement for Childers Oil Co. of Whitesburg to pay $47,057 to pay for the emergency response team and a fine.
Wingate asked for a new settlement to be submitted.
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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com