Friday, March 21, 2014

West Virginians Still Not Drinking Their Water/Duke Energy's Crimes On Display


But it doesn't end there:

President Of Company That Tainted West Virginia’s Water Wants To Be Paid During Bankruptcy

Typical, out of touch arrogance. No caring about the water poisoned, the fact that people still aren't drinking it, the lost wages and business of those effected by it, the sick children, etc. He so needs to go to prison. At least there he can get bread and water- hopefully from the tap.


Non physical scarcity. They have water, but they can't drink it. The media is not reporting this story anymore. Yet, the people of West Virginia live it everyday.

As we recognize World Water Day on March 22, we not only need to recognize the plight of over one billion in our world who have no water access but also the plight of those who have water but through political and corporate corruption cannot use it. We need a true shift of priorities in our world in order to save ourselves. The fox has been in charge of the hen house for far too long. What is happening in West Virginia and in other states in the US where coal has killed the water is something that must be reported everyday.

We simply cannot survive in a world where dirty energy exists. If this area had solar/wind energy providing its electricity there would be no need for these toxic chemicals and no spill would have taken place. This is the price of dirty energy combined with political cronyism and privatization of our water and it is a price too great in order for a few to profit over the many while destroying this Earth!

Clean water is a human right for ALL OF US and our rivers are not sewers there for the use of those who care more about profits than people!

Also see:

Local Reporter Puts Smug Freedom Industries President In His Place/Updates on West Virginia Chemical Spill

West Virginia Chemical Spill Declared Federal Disaster

Keep fighting for clean water, West Virginia.


Duke Energy also continues to break the law. Why are these companies still in business?

NC Says Duke Energy Illegally Pumped Water From Coal Ash Ponds Into Cape Fear River

This was no accident. People need to be doing prison time. Why are our waterways that are our life not considered as important as our lives?


Also see:

Duke Energy Poisons More Water With Their Coal Ash

UPDATE 3-24-14:


North Carolina regulators said Friday that they have asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve multiple cases of environmental abuse by paying a $99,000 fine with no requirement that the $50 billion company clean up its pollution.

The consent order that the state's Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) scuttled had been meant to settle violations for groundwater contamination leeching from coal ash dumps near Charlotte and Asheville, N.C. Critics had called the deal too lenient.

The order had been reached in July 2013, well before a massive February 2014 spill in Eden, N.C., coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge and focused attention on Duke's long history of polluting groundwater with its leaky, unlined, open air coal ash ponds.

The state only took legal action against Duke after a coalition of environmental groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) filed notice that they planned to sue Duke under the Clean Water Act for its pollution. The administration of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory — who himself spent 29 years in the employ of Duke Energy and has benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the company, its employees and their spouses — used its authority under the act to file state violations against Duke and then quickly negotiated the consent order, a move environmentalists say was intended to shield the company from far-harsher penalties it might have faced in federal court.

But now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the DENR and the SELC, which had brought the original Clean Water Act suit against Duke last year, are joining a suit against the energy giant to get it to clean up some of its coal ash contamination.

Coal ash is the byproduct of burning coal for industrial power generation and contains concentrated amounts of toxic metals such as arsenic, lead, mercury and selenium, as well as aluminum, barium, boron, and chlorine and varying amounts of radioactive uranium, thorium and potassium. The toxins have been linked to cancer, heart damage, lung disease, respiratory distress, kidney disease, reproductive problems, gastrointestinal illness, birth defects, impaired bone growth in children and behavioral problems, according to waste assessments done by the EPA (PDF).


Again, we need to see some people going to prison. Government officials who benefited from these companies should be first to go. Also, this is not about political parties this is about corruption in the coal industry which effects as we can see all states and is endemic in both parties in those states.

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