By now you have all heard that one of our Friends of Coal had a coal chemical containment facility breached in southwestern WV and seeped 48,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the water system serving 300,000 people. I found this detail too special to pass up:
The tank is located on chemical storage facility belonging to Freedom Industries and is located about a mile upriver from the West Virginia American Water plant, McIntyre said.
Carper said the company’s chemical tank farm was part of a former Pennzoil refinery and had been there since the 1930s or 1940s.
Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to drink. Oh, and you think the idiots who live in Wheeling might want to rethink this gem of a decision from April, or I guess I, too, will get a complimentary industry supplement of benzene in my tap water:
Opponents of a proposed natural gas frack water recycling plant in Warwood inundated City Council Chambers Tuesday in hopes of keeping the facility out of their neighborhood.
Last month, Houston, Texas-based GreenHunter Water announced plans to build a treatment facility for fracking wastewater at the former site of Seidler’s Oil Service on North 28th Street, located just over a mile upstream of Wheeling’s water treatment plant, where the company plans to be working by September.
Dave Cupp, who owns a business on North 28th Street, said he is in favor of job growth, but not at what he sees as the expense of the public’s well-being.
Seriously. How many environmental impact studies do you need to do to realize that putting chemical waste plants UPRIVER FROM YOUR WATER PLANTS IS STUPID.
I’ll tell you how many studies you need. NONE. It’s fucking blindingly obvious that this is eventually going to happen, because accidents fucking happen. That is why they call them accidents.
It’s fucking maddening watching this play out in slow motion and knowing I can’t do a god damned thing about it but sit back and buy lube and stock in bottled water companies. The only upside for me is that it looks like the HOOCOODANODE category on this website will have lots of use.