Coal Country and Poison: Our Water At Risk

Not too pertinent, but I found it interesting enough to share. On to the real stuff, Coal Country.

So as the going trend suggests, I live in WV so Coal issues are very relevant and important to me. Coal now has a stranglehold on the state’s economy and the fatcat coal barons (i.e. Don Blankenship among others) have been padding the pockets the legislature and judicial board for years now.

(If you need reference, look into how much money Blankenship donated to finance Brent Benjamin’s campaign against McGraw on the court a few years back)

Pollution from Coal slurries in West Virginia has been a major problem, as well as the environmental effects of MountainTop Removal Mining across the state

 

Surface Mining has been a major issue across the state and now, a hearing before a chamber of judges will attempt to go over the environmental issues of Selenium deposits from the surface mines

This afternoon in federal court in Huntington, lawyers, scientists and economists will debate deformed fish, water pollution treatment systems and compliance costs … It’s the first day of what is expected to be a week-long hearing that amounts to a major showdown over selenium discharges by surface coal mines in Appalachia.

U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers will be hearing testimony and legal arguments in a combined series of cases in which environmental groups — the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and the Sierra Club — are trying to force subsidiaries of Patriot Coal to comply with existing pollution limits for selenium

Source: Coal tattoo

As mentioned in the rest of the article on Coal Tattoo, Selenium deposits poison fish and cause deformities and other problems with the wildlife, This is only fish..

Coal is huge in West Virginia, but we need to diversify our economy.

With the Selenium deposits causing much trouble in the waters of the state, and coal slurries getting into the drinking water of residents who live near them… something must be done.

Tags: coal, Don Blankenship, Mingo County, West Virginia (all tags)

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