Move over Freedom Industries, because Patriot Coal is taking over:
A coal preparation facility spilled an unknown quantity of coal slurry into a creek in Kanawha County, W.V. Tuesday morning, according to West Virginia officials.
As the Charleston Gazette reports, the spill occurred at Patriot Coal’s Kanawha Eagle operation, which is located near Fields Creek. The operation is near Winifrede, WV — southeast of Charleston, the state’s capitol and site of last month’s major chemical spill. The amount of coal slurry that spilled is still unknown, but a West Virginia DEP spokesman told the Charleston Gazette that the spill could probably be characterized as “significant.”
According to the county’s emergency services director, the spill was caused by a break in the eight-inch slurry line that ran between the preparation plant and the company’s refuse impoundment, which occurred sometime between midnight and 5:30 in the morning. According to the DEP, the company in charge of the facility reported the spill to the DEP at 7:30 a.m.
The Onion would have a hard time coming up with better names. At any rate, America, land of the free, home of the brave enough to drink the water polluted by ironically named companies.
BTW- the only legislative action that I have heard so far in response to the Freedom Industries spill was Joe Manchin proposed that regulators be required to inspect chemical storage containers… every three years. Your car, which isn’t going to be poisoning 300k people, is required by law to be inspected every year.
These guys don’t even have the balls to tell us to just fuck off and that they are only in it for the rich.