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300,000 West Virginians Told Not to Drink Water After Coal Chemical Spill, 600+ Sick

Environment  (tags: pollution, humans, healthconditions, environment, destruction, ecosystems, energy, politics )

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A large spill of a chemicals used to remove impurities from coal occurred Thursday in Charleston, WV, contaminating the Elk River less than a mile upstream of the intake for the state's largest drinking water treatment plant.

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Debbie G (306)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 7:11 am
So sad and it enrages me. Thanks Cal.

Marianne R (95)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 7:45 am
How scary for them

Constance F (418)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 9:20 am
i just saw this on the news yesterday, bloody horrific. these people are without any water ! and the wildlife that will be effected ! and we just keep going merrily along, blind, deaf and dumb ~ sheer insanity.

John B (185)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 11:00 am
Thanks Cal for the link to the article by Ms. Lisenby. I live 98 miles from Charleston and the spill. These chemicals are used heavily in the coal industry. Elk River flows into the Kanawha River, which then goes into the Ohio River 58 miles south from me. Read and noted.

Sarah G (109)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 3:13 am
This is appalling.

SylvieBusy A (193)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 3:51 am
C'est réellement révoltant ! Merci de l'information.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 3:57 am

Pogle S (88)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 5:04 am
These careless people also have links to the infamous Koch brothers so we shouldn't be surprised by a cavalier attitude to health and safety. :-(

Pogle S (88)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 5:25 am
PS Here's a link to the Koch story

S S (0)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 6:59 am
Thank you.

Frances Darcy (133)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 10:30 am
Another "accident" .... how terrible.

Michael A (28)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 11:11 am

. (0)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 12:04 pm
hello BC govt? are you still determined to bring coal trains across our province and along our rivers

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 12:35 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. Seems to me there should be criminal charges and very high fines. And the article states that this doesn't even concern what is flowing downstream. I hope a class-action lawsuit will be won and everyone will have their homes tested to make sure all their water is clean, and damages are fully paid. I don't know if any regulations were broken, but if none were, then some should definitely be put in place immediately. This is just horrendous!

Stardust Noel (38)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 1:08 pm
This is awful, I hope the ones who are sick will be ok.

Jeremy S (3)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 1:12 pm
With all one hears about oil spill--and those are upsetting enough--this is a reminder that **all** fossil fuels can be dangerous, if not deadly, when mistakes happen. And they do! It's no one person's fault (probably); no one did it on purpose (I hope)--but it happens, and will continue to happen, so long as we continue to use nonrenewable resources that produce hazardous waste.

And here I am, preaching to the choir again. But my point stands.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 1:36 pm
Our governments have to stop only working with our corporations together. What about us? Save our environment.

Ondine J (134)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 1:43 pm
Ohh, so very angry, hope the people and animals in the area don't suffer too much, thanks Cal

Stardust Noel (38)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 1:45 pm
Now I'm really worried about the wildlife! This is horrific.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 1:52 pm
This is scary. People on the news last night were saying that one woman took a bath and her legs broke out with an awful rash. Plus all the ones who ended up in the hospital. I do hope that the company that caused this mess, gets hit with major fines and also make them pay the people for their sufferings. Thanks Cal

Muriel Servaege (53)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 1:54 pm
Noted but it was predictable. Thank you, Cal.

barbara C Horban (56)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 2:28 pm
And how long has this been leaking into the river? Oh yeah, no one knows. Idiots and fools running this "'Koch" affiliated company!

Joanne D (38)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 2:31 pm
So much beauty in such distress and such a shortage of white knights. I am so sorry. Yes, it was and is predictable and will happen again, here or elsewhere or both. We here in the choir are doing what we can.

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 3:29 pm
This is not good news at all. They've got to stop covering up how deadly these chemicals are which is evident from the number of people ill. And the wildlife downstream! So time to end the coal producing part and class action suit on the Koch brothers.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 3:52 pm
My heart goes out to the 300,000 people whose lives are not only being put at risk, but just the idea of being without "safe" water is truly horrendous! What is it going to take for people to wake up and hold those responsible for such ruinous behavior? It is not only the humans that are in the area that are being affected, it is all the sentient beings and flora and that are being harmed! How many deaths is it going to take before "we the people" wrest control away from the CORRUPTations? It is all about the $$$$$ for them. For us it is our lives and all that we love. This is not going away, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Kamia T (89)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 4:11 pm
Everyone focuses on oil as being a dirty fossil fuel, but for any of you who lived in the Blue Ridge mountains, as I have, you would know that coal beats it hands down. Whole mountains are blown up to mine it; the waste tailings destroy the surrounding area, any water going through the mine or the waste affects everything for hundreds of miles. And 3 guesses how most of our electricity is generated? We need to cut our use of fossil fuels completely, and focus on renewable energy that works for each location.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 5:12 pm

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 6:09 pm
As long as the people, who live there, continue to be the enablers of those who are destroying that state things will never change. The top 10 landowners in WV do not even live there.

Arlene C (42)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 7:18 pm
merci pour l'info.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 8:41 pm
Thank you! We have to demand a shift from fossil fuels to clean energy. (p, t)

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 11:02 pm

Victoria O (124)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 11:53 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Tanya Selth (0)
Monday January 13, 2014, 12:26 am
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