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Fri Feb 14, 2014, 12:46 AM

Rachel Maddow: FEDERAL PROBE of NC Toxic Polluter Could Be Bad News For Gov. McCrory

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May I suggest a new ' Going-To-Jail' or 'Jail Doors' smilely for DU.........We are going to need them!....





MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Thursday that a burgeoning federal investigation could spell trouble for not only the North Carolina company behind an 82,000-ton toxic spill, but also for former employee Gov. Pat McCrory (R). Maddow pointed out that, since McCrory took office, the state not only blocked at least two lawsuits challenging Duke Energy’s environmental practices, but has also stopped environmental activists from legal actions concerning any of the company’s 30 coal ash sites in North Carolina. “Now the state is going to have to answer for that to a federal grand jury — at least that’s what it looks like in this surprise development today in snowy, snowy, snowy North Carolina,” Maddow said.



Both Duke Energy and McCrory’s office have been subpoenaed by investigators. Some of the information they are seeking relates to two settlements the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reached with the company after invoking a loophole allowing state officials to nudge plaintiffs out of two separate lawsuits, and reach agreements totaling less than $100,000. In the wake of a third spill that broke out on Feb. 3, that spilled enough ash to fill nearly 32 Olympic-size swimming pools into the nearby Dan River in Virginia, however, the state opted to delay another settlement.



But, Maddow noted, the company itself is worth $50 billion, and has donated more than $1 million to McCrory’s election campaign, who worked at Duke for 28 years. “The state’s proposed settlement for contaminating the groundwater in Asheville and contaminating the groundwater in Charlotte was that Duke would have to ‘study the issue’ of how they were contaminating the groundwater in places like that,” Maddow said. “But they would not have to clean up any of the contamination that they had caused, and they would not have to stop contaminating the groundwater or do anything different at those sites.”




http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/14/rachel-maddow-federal-probe-of-nc-toxic-polluter-could-be-bad-news-for-gov-mccrory/

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Reply Rachel Maddow: FEDERAL PROBE of NC Toxic Polluter Could Be Bad News For Gov. McCrory (Original post)
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Segami Feb 2014 #11
Cha Feb 2014 #4
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Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 02:17 AM

1. “..An official criminal investigation of a suspected felony is being conducted..

...by an agency of the United States and a federal grand jury,” said a cover letter accompanying the subpoena, which was dated Monday and signed by a criminal prosecutor. The exact crime and precisely who is being targeted for potential prosecution is not spelled out in the document.

A Duke spokesman confirmed the nation’s largest electricity provider had also received a subpoena.


- Among the documents targeted by the federal subpoenas are the correspondence between Duke and the state environmental agency related to the proposed deal highlighted in the AP’s story. On Monday, lawyers for the state asked a judge to disregard the agency’s own proposed settlement in the wake of the spill.

Clean water advocates have long complained that state regulators are too cozy with the polluters they regulate. But they say that coordination and cooperation has become even more overt since the January 2013 inauguration of Gov. Pat McCrory, a pro-business Republican who worked at Duke Energy for 28 years. Records show McCrory has benefited from at least $1.1 million in political donations linked to his former employer since 2008.

The criminal investigation is a serious new development, said Frank Holleman, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center, the group that had tried to sue Duke under the Clean Water Act.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/apnewsbreak-us-investigates-nc-coal-ash-spill/2014/02/13/f1c8e780-952b-11e3-9e13-770265cf4962_story.html

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 02:35 AM

2. I'd love to see that lying shitstain McCrory in handcuffs. nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 02:50 AM

3. Could be more like ' shitstains '.....



Time for people to fight back against this culture of criminal corruption.

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Response to Segami (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 12:47 PM

10. No doubt. They'll have to break out the zip ties. nt

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 03:38 PM

11. Bad boy, bad boy,...whatcha gonna do...

when THEY COME FOR YOU!!..".......

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 02:55 AM

4. Eiuuuwwwwww

"But, Maddow noted, the company itself is worth $50 billion, and has donated more than $1 million to McCrory’s election campaign, who worked at Duke for 28 years."

So many scandals from teapubliCons.. so little time.

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Response to Cha (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 04:12 AM

7. Here is a snip from Rachel's show last night....

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“…And now that Duke Energy has dump 73 Olympic size swimming pools worth of toxic sludge into North Carolina waterways, how has the Governor from Duke Energy handled the matter?….Well,..The spill began on SuperBowl Sunday, on February 2nd,…with 82,000 tons of coal-ash gunk just glunking out from this forty-eight inch storm water pipe at the Dan River power plant. Those tons of sludge contain materials like LEAD and ARSENIC and MERCURY…and all of that stuff flowed out of the pipe for nearly a week! The people of North Carolina were not told anything was wrong until a day after the pipe had ruptured and then BOTH the company and State failed to relay accurately just how big the leak was.

Governor Pat McCrory did NOT make ANY PUBLIC STATEMENT about this disaster until FOUR DAYS AFTER IT HAPPENED. It happened on Sunday,…he didn’t say anything on Sunday…didn’t anything on Monday,..didn’t say anything on Tuesday,…didn’t say anything on Wednesday,…..Thursday??…..Oh, there’s the Governor,…finally, on DAY 4 he showed up at the spill site and talked about how tough he’s been on the industry and how they’re going to have to clean this mess up.

He put out a Press-Release that day “ Governor McCrory Directs Duke Energy to Bring Coal Ash Spill Under Control. The Governor’s press release telling people quote:

“..As of Thursday afternoon, downstream municipal water supplies remain unaffected and are reporting that DRINKING WATER IN THEIR COMMUNITIES IS SAFE TO DRINK.”

That was from Governor McCrory’s office 4 days into the spill.

Well now State Health Officials are saying Not only DO NOT DRINK WATER FROM THE DAN RIVER….DO NOT TOUCH WATER FROM THE DAN RIVER,…CERTAINLY, DO NOT EAT ANY FISH THAT HAS BEEN IN IT,……BEWARE OF THE ARSENIC, COPPER, IRON AND ALUMINIUM IN THE RIVER AT LEVELS ABOVE STATE STANDARDS FOR SURFACE WATER QUALITY”

If you were just going from Pat McCrory’s advice though, right….’Its safe to drink, everything is fine’…….Its hard to believe that its MORE UNSAFE NOW THAN A WEEK CLOSER TO THE SPILL WHEN HE SAID THAT EVERYTHING WAS SAFE,….but hey, maybe you can undrink anything you might have drunk and you can untouch any water you might have touched in the ensuing week.



watch video at 6:41

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Response to Segami (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 04:43 AM

8. those poor people in North Carolina.. at the mercy of

duke energy's toxic sludge in their water ways and gov pat mccrorey.

thanks for the vid and the clip to Rachel's show, Segami.

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Response to Cha (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 10:31 AM

9. McCrory/Christie chain gang....hmm,

has a nice ring to it.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 03:18 AM

5. K&R

So much for Republican Governors. Christie, Walker, and now McCrory. Am I leaving any out? McCrory has been so arrogant since he took office. To the point of ugliness. Does anyone know who the U.S. gubernatorial candidates are this fall, if any?

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Response to ReRe (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 04:29 PM

12. Gov Ultrasound

McDonnell of VA-- he's out now...but I'd add him to the Wall of Shame

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Response to marions ghost (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 04:52 PM

13. How could I have forgotten him?

Senior moment.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #13)

Fri Feb 14, 2014, 05:49 PM

14. Is OK...

Too much info to keep track of these days...

But yeah Republican governors = the pool they draw them from is full of sludge...



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Fri Feb 14, 2014, 03:38 AM

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