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Saturday, January 11, 2014

West Virginia One Two Punch, How Did that Hole Get in the Chemical Tank? I Wonder? Chemical Warfare Against Big Coal?

West Virginia loses big coal to the Obama administrations machinations, is this the left hook after the right jab?

"The spill of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, which is used at preparation plants to wash coal, occurred Thursday at Freedom Industries Inc., a chemical company about a mile upriver on the Elk River from the water facility." -- WSJ

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  - Schools and restaurants closed, grocery stores sold out of bottled water, and state legislators who had just started their session canceled the day's business after a chemical spill in the Elk River in Charleston shut down much of the city and surrounding counties even as the cause and extent of the incident remained unclear.

The federal government joined the state early Friday in declaring a disaster, and the West Virginia National Guard planned to distribute bottled drinking water to emergency services agencies in the nine affected counties. 
About 100,000 water customers, or 300,000 people total, were affected, state officials reported.

Federal law enforcement authorities have opened an investigation into the spill, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Friday. 
Goodwin said the release of the potentially dangerous chemical into the water supply "has put hundreds of thousands of West Virginians at risk, severely disrupted our region's economy, and upended people's daily lives."

Shortly after the Thursday spill from Freedom Industries hit the river and a nearby treatment plant, a licorice-like smell enveloped parts of the city, and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued an order to customer of West Virginia American Water: Do not drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes with tap water.


They still won't say what happened to cause the hole in the tank in the first place.

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