LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville church is being sued by the Kentucky Energy Cabinet after appearing on an oil drilling reality show on the Discovery Channel.
According to the cabinet, Evangel World Prayer Center did not get the permits it needed to drill.
“Backyard Oil,” on the Discovery Channel, follows an oil man from Appalachia, Jimmy Reliford and his side kick, Mad Dog, as they search for black gold in rural Kentucky. And they'll use whatever means necessary to find it like from a trusty dog, a stick, even a divine rooster.
The show brought its dreams of big oil to Louisville in 2013 and focused on Evangel World Prayer Center. Through an episode, the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet learned the church drilled two holes for exploration without the proper permits.
The cabinet sent WHAS11 the following statement:
"The Energy and Environment Cabinet has been asking Evangel World Prayer Center to cap the two wells since last fall. The church did not file for permits to drill the wells, as is required by state law of anyone or any entity seeking to drill for gas or oil.
Evangel, although saying it was seeking bids to have the wells capped, has not yet taken the action required. The Cabinet has asked Jefferson Circuit Court to have Evangel comply with state laws and regulations as well as paying a $4,000 fine for violating state law."
Pastor Bob Rodgers did not return our calls and Associate Pastor Kevin McKnight told us their attorneys were working the matter.