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Thread: Barton Lawsuit

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Louisville, Kentucky

    Barton Lawsuit

    Here's something to watch...
    Local distiller sued for emissions, odors
    As a Kentuckian I consider it my civic duty to smoke, drink Bourbon and bet the ponies. It's a tuff job, but I persevere.

  2. #2
    Bourbonian Of The Year 2013 and Guru
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    Sep 2004
    Just East of the Big Chicken, GA
    Whatever they do, I hope they don't eliminate that "smell of prosperity" as Chuck describes it in his book. The yeasty aroma that wafts through town during the mashing is something I look forward to every time I go to the Festival.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    I wonder if this Dallas guy has ever drank any bourbon? If so, he helped the "problem" along. Also, it would seem that Dallas was born in 1960 or 1961 and Barton has been there at least back to 1946 and probably longer. It would seem Dallas moved into what he deems the problem area. I work in a Steel mill and people say I breathe in stuff just as bad as 2nd hand smoke. The only difference is, working in the mill makes me money, someone else smoking cigarettes costs them money. If this "soot" was caused by some coal fired power plant in China (which is currently happening to the West coast of the US) not a thing would be done about it!


  4. #4
    The Boss
    Join Date
    Jan 2000
    Northern CA
    He should move to L.A. and then he'd realize just how good he's got it.
    Last edited by jbutler; 07-14-2006 at 06:50.
    Jim Butler

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Damn close to the the 45th Parallel
    Amen to that Jim! You took the words right out of my mouth.

    "everybody defamates from miles away
    but face to face
    they haven't got a thing to say"

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Chicago SW 'burbs
    It makes me think of the yuppies who moved into lofts in what was once a dairy storage facility in Chicago's South Loop, right next to a rail junction at 16th and Clark - and then bi***ed about the noise from the trains. They actually petitioned to have a 100-plus-year-old rail line shut down!

    FWIW, I live about 1/10 mile from a heavily-used rail line - and I hardly notice the trains!
    Oh no! You have walked into the slavering fangs of a lurking grue!

  7. #7
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
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    Sep 1999
    Here it's the people who move into my neighborhood, then bitch about the traffic, noise and other problems related to ball games at Wrigley Field.

    Actually, with the distilleries, they are all constantly in discussions with the state and federal EPA because the vapor released by the aging whiskey in warehouses is a measurable hydrocarbon emission.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Thumbs down

    This makes me furious, so many tort lawyers are going crazy. Anyone who is offended by the slightest thing, they sue. And so many companies have to settle a frivalous case or face an endless lineup of lawsuits, and in meantime, valid lawsuits are slid down the docket to make way for trumped up, high profile ones.
    No one is forcing you to live near a distillery, if you don't like the odor, move, it's very simple.

    To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Louisville, Kentucky
    Well folks, this is a double-edged sword for me. I live at Ground Zero. My complex is built on the site of the old Mattingly & Moore distillery (right next door to Barton's). There has been a distillery here since 1877. And yes, to a point I agree with everything you're saying. I love opening my door to the smell of cooking mash. Chuck's right...smells like money to me... The noxious odor referred to in the story was a one-time incident in Barton's lagoon that happened because the pump that aerates it went bad.

    I am not the least bit interested in watching Barton get hammered. They've been wonderful to me, and I believe Bardstown owes much to Barton, and the Bourbon industry in general.

    On the other hand, I lost a potential renter just last week because the buildings looked 'so dirty'. We pressure wash twice a year, and that's not enough. We realize that the mold is a product of aging whiskey, and it's just something we deal with. However, my landlord has been hospitalized twice in the last month for nausea and other symptoms consistant with what Mr. Armstrong is saying. (I'm lucky in that it doesn't affect me like that. Maybe all the Bourbon I drink makes me immune...maybe that's the answer, everyone should drink more Bourbon...). If those issues are a result of something Barton's stack is pumping into the air, I'd hope that would be corrected. That said, I would love to hear Bobby Cox weigh-in here, as he lives just as close to Jim Beam. I have several friends that live close to Maker's and HH. And, while they deal with some degree of mold, they don't seem to be dealing with the same health issues.
    I will try to keep y'all posted,
    As a Kentuckian I consider it my civic duty to smoke, drink Bourbon and bet the ponies. It's a tuff job, but I persevere.

  10. #10
    Bourbonian of the Year 2003 and Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    I would love to hear Bobby Cox weigh-in here, as he lives just as close to Jim Beam.
    I have a little black mold on my gutters, it isn't bothering me enough to wash it off.

    My son has a listing of a home in Clermont for sale.One of the big brokerage houses called him about it and made the comment that it stinks in Clermont. I'll give them that the lagoon ponds do but I never notice it up here. We had a discussion about whether we are so used to it we don't notice it anymore.

    The thing they could do to upset me is if they decided to develop some of the lands they own for residential. Very unlikely.

    I have an equation that has black mold and a few warehouses on one side and a few hundred houses, a couple hundred people, 50-4 wheelers, 2 dozen people exercising their 2nd amendment rights and wanting to do it on my property.............

    Black mold is a problem?
    ___Bobby Cox___

    May you have wonderful things thought of to do...



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