The West Virginia Spill

Monday, February 17, 2014

The banks of the Elk River, where Kanawha County emergency services eventually determined the chemical had seeped through a secondary containment barrier, is seen on January 10, 2014 in Charleston, We (Tom Hindman/Getty Images/Getty)

Ken Ward Jr., writer for the Charleston Gazette on environmental issues, discusses another spill that is contaminating water in West Virginia. He explains how little we know about the chemicals and how a lack of oversight is complicating the problems.



Ken Ward, Jr.

Comments [6]


we all are screwed but west virginia = lost cause.

How can any american dare to drink tap water and be shocked to suffer from kidney, liver or brain cancer in 1-25 years, if they don't choke on the coal slurry first? (Thanks, American Water Corp!)

And this idea of "white collar Charlestonians who have been buffered from pollution…" Don't the hipsters realize that on top of the strip mining, chemicals feeding into their water, etc, that fair city is surrounded by Natural Gas miners. Just last week one blew up and killed someone right outside of the city. ( fraccidents")

Feb. 17 2014 11:20 AM

To Amy - yes, there is a way to transition to clean energy jobs - But it requires a WILL. Americans are not willing yet. Unfortunately, Americans need more, more, more environmental Crises to get them off their duffs and do something about it

Feb. 17 2014 10:49 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Thanks for answering my question, but just because fish haven't been dying in the 1st 5 weeks, that doesn't mean they aren't being harmed. I hope there will be more investigation of this aspect.

Feb. 17 2014 10:44 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Is there a way the dependence of many Appalachian economies on coal could be reduced & a transition made to some other source of employment & business?

Feb. 17 2014 10:41 AM
RosieNYC from NYC

What a precious example of The World According to Republicans: we do not need no government regulations. Corporations can police themselves". Keep voting Republican, West Virginia.

Feb. 17 2014 10:39 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

From bankers that wreck the economy to lack of environmental protection for Americans - with both the oil spill in the gulf and this.

This myth that the GOP and their democratic weaklings have perpetuated the last 30 years, that virtually ALL regulations are not needed for big business, is just that.

Feb. 17 2014 10:35 AM

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