Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Reality Check.

In the article below you will read about the devastating collapse of a coal slurry pond in Tennessee. This is not the first time this has happened, and there must be measures taken to ensure that it is the last!

There are a number of amazing teams and activist groups giving all their time to help the people (and animals!) who have been hurt in this dam break and you can help too by getting in touch with these groups, donating,  or calling TVA directly to get some questions answered about the safety of these dam projects:

Tennessee Valley Authority
400 W. Summit Hill Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37902-1499
865-632-2101 800-882-5263

Refer to our links section in the right hand column to take a look at some of the amazing organizations fighting against the carelessness of the coal companies. 

1 comment:

Bobby said...

Thanks bees!

There needs to be a realization that the issues with water contamination from dirty coal are serious and widespread. More and more there is a need by company and state agency spokespeople to only discuss just the case by case account of major environmental disasters, not discussing the ongoing loss of fresh water supplies, especially in the southern Appalachian coal fields.

Coal forms a triad of sorts when discussing life cycle, (1)the extraction of the coal out of the ground,(2) the processing (washing) the coal for market removing some contaminants so the emissions from burning it isn’t as bad. And (3) the burning of coal for electric generation -leaving us with three intensive and toxic stages in the human induced life cycle of coal

West Virginia extracted 1.9 billion tons of coal out of the ground in a period between 1996-2007, using approximately 184 billion gallons of fresh water to mine and process the coal. Its estimated that for every gallon of water used that one gallon of toxic coal slurry from the washing of the coal is formed.

This leads to a nightmarish scenario of dead streams, poisoned wells, depleted aquifers and a strain to the health care system and insurance providers due to all the illnesses and hospitalizations related to coal.

As the week progresses with the TVA ash spill people in the Rt. 5 area of Boone County West Virginia are struggling for clean safe drinking water. There is irresponsible mining in the entire watershed above the homes, [] bringing toxic waste into the homes.

Appalachia looks to the nation to abolish dirt industry’s wholesale of the water sources and the accumulation of toxins in our bodies.

In Solidarity,
Bobby Mitchell