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Chemical Leak Into West Virginia River FAR LARGER Than Previously Estimated

Via: Think Progress

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As over 300,000 people in West Virginia face a fourth day without water, state environmental officials are now estimating that as much as 7,500 gallons of a chemical used to process coal — Crude MGHM — may have spilled into the Elk River. That number is a substantial increase from early estimates of 2,000 to 5,000 gallons.

The chemical leak, first reported Thursday, was at a facility owned by Freedom Industries along the Elk River, just 1.5 miles upstream from a major intake used by the largest water utility in the state, West Virginia American Water.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water Company, said that it would likely still be “several days” before tap water in the nine counties affected would be safe for anything besides flushing toilets.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/12/3151421/fourth-day-water-west-virginia/

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Hmmmm, maybe I missed it, but I can’t remember the last time I heard about a ‘solar power’ or ‘wind power’ spill.

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January 13, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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