The West Virginia Water Crises

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The West Virginia Water Crises

 The officials still are hesitant to call that water safe :

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/2/10/chemical-hearingwestvirginia.html

 

West Virginia officials avoid calling state’s water safe

by     February 11, 2014 2:00AM ETIn congressional field hearing, politicians say that while water is officially drinkable, significant questions remain

A month after one of the most dramatic and disruptive chemical spills in the state's history, West Virginia is still dealing with lingering questions about the safety of its drinking water, an issue that was front and center in a rare congressional hearing held outside Washington, D.C., Monday in West Virginia.

Though state officials lifted drinking-water restrictions on Jan. 19 and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Feb. 5 that the water was "appropriate for use," a public hearing held by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in Charleston discussed the consequences of the Jan. 9 coal-processing chemical spill that prompted restrictions on drinking and using tap water for 300,000 people in nine counties. 

During the hearing, committee members were surprised to learn from the chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board that an inspection three months before the Jan. 9 spill revealed that the storage tanks at Freedom Industries did not meet federal and industry standards.

"We are able to measure what it has cost to the state of West Virginia to have this incident in terms of money lost and income lost and anguish to the people," said Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso.

"To really address the storage of chemicals in tanks will be a small cost," he said.

Moure-Eraso told Al Jazeera's "America Tonight" that more studies need to be conducted on MCHM — the primary chemical component of the spill — to determine what effect the water has on humans, calling it a national problem.

West Virginia officials who testified Monday stopped short of calling the region's water safe, though the lawmakers orchestrating the hearing said they were drinking it without worry.

"Am I confident in the science? I'm as confident as I can be, given what we had," said Dr. Letitia Tierney of the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health. "You know, I believe the water, based on the standards we have, is usable for every purpose, and that includes drinking, bathing and cooking."

She added, "Everybody has a different definition of 'safe,'" before noting that she drinks the water.

Jeff McIntyre, president of the local water supplier West Virginia American Water, told the panel that that it didn't determine the government rules for water.

"As a water company, we don't set the safe standards. But we are in compliance with all the standards set by the health-based agencies."

But many state residents say they're still avoiding it, with some saying it retains the chemical's distinct licorice smell. Some said they wouldn't dare drink from their taps.

West Virginia resident Sue Davis, 71, told lawmakers that she'll "never" have faith again in her tap water, charging that it burned her.

 

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― Giordano Bruno


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oh wow, west virginia is


oh wow, west virginia is having an environmental crisis, i'm so fucking shocked...

i have family all around huntington and charleston. i've been going to west virginia since i was a boy, and i say fuck west virginia. those idiots sold their whole state to coal miners and chemical companies a long time ago, and they'd do it all over again. fuck west virginia.

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iwbiek wrote: oh wow, west

iwbiek wrote:

oh wow, west virginia is having an environmental crisis, i'm so fucking shocked...

i have family all around huntington and charleston. i've been going to west virginia since i was a boy, and i say fuck west virginia. those idiots sold their whole state to coal miners and chemical companies a long time ago, and they'd do it all over again. fuck west virginia.

Considering what resulted from the figures in your flag, your lack of suprise to the OBVIOUS is mundane.

I am quite sure if we all subitted to your fantasy of what should be everything will be hunky dory. It couldn't be monopolies of power? You know, kinda what lead to Stalin?

I am sure any market you have dreamed up works. Oh and like you I am NOT shocked, becuase what leads to this is the same utopia crap you advocate.

 

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Brian37 wrote:iwbiek wrote:

Brian37 wrote:

iwbiek wrote:

oh wow, west virginia is having an environmental crisis, i'm so fucking shocked...

i have family all around huntington and charleston. i've been going to west virginia since i was a boy, and i say fuck west virginia. those idiots sold their whole state to coal miners and chemical companies a long time ago, and they'd do it all over again. fuck west virginia.

Considering what resulted from the figures in your flag, your lack of suprise to the OBVIOUS is mundane.

I am quite sure if we all subitted to your fantasy of what should be everything will be hunky dory. It couldn't be monopolies of power? You know, kinda what lead to Stalin?

I am sure any market you have dreamed up works. Oh and like you I am NOT shocked, becuase what leads to this is the same utopia crap you advocate.

 

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Brian37 wrote:iwbiek wrote:

Brian37 wrote:

iwbiek wrote:

oh wow, west virginia is having an environmental crisis, i'm so fucking shocked...

i have family all around huntington and charleston. i've been going to west virginia since i was a boy, and i say fuck west virginia. those idiots sold their whole state to coal miners and chemical companies a long time ago, and they'd do it all over again. fuck west virginia.

Considering what resulted from the figures in your flag, your lack of suprise to the OBVIOUS is mundane.

I am quite sure if we all subitted to your fantasy of what should be everything will be hunky dory. It couldn't be monopolies of power? You know, kinda what lead to Stalin?

I am sure any market you have dreamed up works. Oh and like you I am NOT shocked, becuase what leads to this is the same utopia crap you advocate.

 

 

utopia?  you seriously want to argue thar west virginians were motivated to sell over to union carbide because of dreams of a utopia?  it was the most cynical move imaginable, there was nothing idealistic about it.  your i.q. keeps dropping.  i keep thinking there must be an absolute zero there, but no luck yet.

you know something, you scrub, scumbag fucktard?  what you're doing right now, i just resisted doing yesterday, i.e. highjacking a thread and pulling it off-topic because of your bullshit.  i don't have that much of an ax to grind that i have to make every fucking discussion my soapbox, regardless of whether or not the issue is relevant.  you just turned a thread about west virginia's environmental crisis into yet another outlet for your personal vendetta against me because i've exposed you for the vacuous moron you are countless times.

how about instead of getting butthurt, you get an education?  or at least go back to siccing bob spence on me.  at least that made for halfway stimulating conversation.

 

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Beyond Saving wrote:Brian37

Beyond Saving wrote:

Brian37 wrote:

iwbiek wrote:

oh wow, west virginia is having an environmental crisis, i'm so fucking shocked...

i have family all around huntington and charleston. i've been going to west virginia since i was a boy, and i say fuck west virginia. those idiots sold their whole state to coal miners and chemical companies a long time ago, and they'd do it all over again. fuck west virginia.

Considering what resulted from the figures in your flag, your lack of suprise to the OBVIOUS is mundane.

I am quite sure if we all subitted to your fantasy of what should be everything will be hunky dory. It couldn't be monopolies of power? You know, kinda what lead to Stalin?

I am sure any market you have dreamed up works. Oh and like you I am NOT shocked, becuase what leads to this is the same utopia crap you advocate.

 

Wow, I am an awesome debater. I have turned you from a leftist crazy to a McCathyite. Have you been listening to Glenn Beck? You sound like him.

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