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Equal Treatment Under the Law ::wink wink::

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2009 by ezlnwv

Seventeen people were arrested May the 23rd in a series of protests against coal industry abuses. In one of  three direct actions, two protestors paddled a raft into the middle of Massey’s Brushy Fork impoundment and draped a banner, which read “West Virginia Says No More Toxic Sludge,” across the coal black cesspool of sludge. Obviously the protestors were charged with trespassing, but you will never guess with what else they were cited. Read on.

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Tennessee Dam Collapse an Ominous Reminder for Coal-field Residents

Posted in Save Appalachia with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2008 by ezlnwv

At 1 a.m. this morning, an earthen dam holding back a pond of coal-ash collapsed, and a  frigid flow of toxic slurry destroyed 15 homes in the small community of Harriman, Tennessee.  The so-called “retainment” dam was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) as a place to dump poisonous ash left after they burn coal for electricity. 

According to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, “Coal ash is composed primarily of oxides of silicon, aluminum, iron, calcium, magnesium, titanium, sodium, potassium, arsenic, mercury, and sulfur plus small quantities of uranium and thorium (my emphasis).”  Needless to say, the long term health and environmental impacts of TVA’s pollution will be enormous.

Coal-ash ponds are a little-known but major hazard of coal-fired power plants. And wherever these plants are built, hundreds of acres are sacrificed to be the industrial dump site. Unfortunately, ash containment ponds are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the lakes of sludge that threaten Appalachian communties. In fact, the ash-ponds are mud puddles compared to the huge reservoirs that loom above “clean-coal” processing plants.

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West Virginia Rises

Posted in Social and Political Commentary with tags , , , , on January 16, 2008 by ezlnwv

Did you know that in 1974, there was a major rebellion in Kanawha County, West Virginia? Thousands of outraged citizens worked together to shut the county down. Parents kept their children home from school, buildings were bombed, people were shot, students walked out of class, and workers went on a general strike. What injustice could spark so much mayhem? In West Virginia, it could be a number of things… Continue reading