Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Appalachian Water Watch Alert - Patriot Coal Slurry Spill

From Appalachian Voices - http://appalachianwaterwatch.org/2014-patriot-slurry-spill-wv/

On early Tuesday morning a coal slurry leak into Fields Creek was reported from Patriot Coal’s Kanawha Eagle Operation, which is located in eastern Kanawha County.

Ken Ward Jr. from the Charleston Gazette reports, “Dale Petry, director of emergency services for Kanawha County, said that an eight-inch slurry line between the preparation plant and the company’s refuse impoundment ruptured, sending an underdetermined amount of coal waste into the creek before the flow was stopped.’I would probably characterize it as a significant spill, but I don’t have a figure yet,” said Aluise, the DEP spokesman.’”

Patriot’s New West Hollow slurry impoundments (Photo: Bing maps)

For the entire article, click here.

The Appalachian Water Watch team is on its way to investigate the incident and will continue reporting what we find.

For the latest official reports and citizen reports, visit the Appalachian Water Watch system - a SkyTruth tool built for Appalachian Voices to track spills and empower citizens: 


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