Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois taxpayers have shelled out millions of dollars over the past decade to clean up 85 contaminated sites that were once owned by Vice President Mike Pence’s family.
Those sites belong to Kiel Brothers Oil Company, which the Pence family owned until it filed for bankruptcy in the early 2000s. The company went out of business in 2004, and many of its facilities were abandoned.
Reports show that over time the underground tanks leaked toxic chemicals into the groundwater, wells, and soil. Even though the company no longer exists Kiel Brothers remain one of the top 10 recipients of state money.
So far, the state of Indiana has spent at least $21 million, averaging about $500,000 per site. Officials say work is nowhere near finished, and that taxpayers will likely be on the hook for years to come.