One of thousands of taxpayer subsidies, for the fossil fuel industry, which the RW has great difficulty acknowledging.July 14, 2018: Cleanup of Pence family gas stations cost Indiana more than $20 million
July 14, 2018: Cleanup of Pence family gas stations cost Indiana more than $20 million
By BRIAN SLODYSKO
JUL 14, 2018 | 1:00 PM
| GARDEN CITY, IND.
A tank at a Kiel Bros. facility is torn down in Indianapolis on Dec. 11, 2017. (Brian Slodysko / AP)
Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build a Midwestern empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the "front row of the American dream."
The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is that the state of Indiana — and, to a smaller extent, Kentucky and Illinois — are still on the hook for millions of dollars to clean up more than 85 contaminated sites across the three states, including underground tanks that leaked toxic chemicals into soil, streams and wells.