Obama declares emergency in West Virginia after chemical spill

Pres. Obama declared an emergency in West Virginia today after a chemical spill tainted drinking water, leading to a tap water ban for up to 300K people, shut down bars and restaurants and led to a run on bottled water in some stores.

A toxic chemical used in coal processing leaked from a tank and into the Elk River, near a treatment plant for West Virginia American Water (AWK).

Thousands of miles of water mains are affected, and several more days may be required before normal service resumes.

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  • Arnold Layne
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    UGH!! Move that damn tank!
    10 Jan 2014, 05:34 PM Reply Like
  • Hubert Biagi
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    And what about the city planners that allowed this proximity between the water plant and the coal plant? Where is their accountability?
    10 Jan 2014, 09:06 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    No worries about the train disasters shipping oil though. Many that could have been avoided by approving Keystone.


    Another one in New Brunswick this week. (I guess Lac Megantic was not enough) Many died in Lac Megantic.




    "Mr. President, I can make this much more money, shipping crude on my railroad if you keep blocking Keystone. F#@K the Sheeple"


    10 Jan 2014, 09:22 PM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    Oil pipelines leak all the time. And the consequences are far worse than a train spill. I have seen it first hand. dunce.
    11 Jan 2014, 06:27 PM Reply Like
  • Davin Research
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    Jake2992: you are correct! http://seekingalpha.co...
    11 Jan 2014, 11:35 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    10 Jan 2014, 09:29 PM Reply Like
  • The Rebel
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    As if the coal industry didn't already have enough problems with this administation.
    10 Jan 2014, 11:00 PM Reply Like
  • jpic
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    I thought that tanks that pose a threat to streams were suppose to have a means to contain all spills equal to the amount contained in the tank.
    12 Jan 2014, 09:37 PM Reply Like
  • ebob
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    Another example of the lack of enforcement of environmental safeguards and company's not caring how much damage they cause!
    12 Jan 2014, 11:55 PM Reply Like
  • Lance33
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    How true.
    13 Jan 2014, 12:00 AM Reply Like
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