HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Latest Breaking News (Forum) » Photo of child in dirty b...

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:21 AM

Photo of child in dirty bathwater prompts concern at coal mine hearing

Last edited Thu Jun 7, 2012, 07:16 AM - Edit history (2)

Source: The Denver Post via Charleston Daily Mail

WASHINGTON - An award-winning coal-mining activist was questioned for 45 minutes by police on suspicion of child pornography after U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn's energy and mineral resources subcommittee decided a photo she submitted of a child in foul bathwater was inappropriate.

Maria Gunnoe of West Virginia had been invited by Lamborn - a Colorado Springs Republican and the subcommittee's chairman - to testify at his hearing Friday on the Spruce Coal Mine in her state. It was the fourth time Gunnoe had been in front of the committee and the second time she had been there at the behest of Lamborn.

Gunnoe, a grandmother, said that when she has spoken to the committee previously, she never felt as if members made eye contact, so she decided to bring a photo by a freelance photojournalist of a child taking a bath in dirty water - allegedly polluted by coal mining - to put up on the panels above her head.

(...)

The photo by award-winning photographer Katie Falkenberg was part of a photo essay about the effects of mountaintop removal coal mining. It is taken from above a 5-year-old in West Virginia bathing in murky orange water. The child's face is not identifiable, and Falkenberg says the parents were in the room when the photo was taken and granted permission for the photo to be used at the hearing.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.com/News/201206060318



----
More from the Charleston Gazette's 6/5 story:
“His words were, ‘The committee said that this photo was suggestive of child pornography,’” said Gunnoe, who works with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.

(...)

“That committee just didn’t want that photo displayed for people to see,” said Gunnoe. “They don’t want people to know that our children have to bathe in that water or not at all.”

(...)
Gunnoe, a 44-year-old grandmother, said she was deeply offended by the suggestions she would even submit something harmful to children.

“That is character assassination,” Gunnoe said.

http://www.gazette.com/articles/photo-139763-water-picture.html#ixzz1x65auUbu
---
Meanwhile, Lamborn and the GOP stand by their smear:
http://www.vivacolorado.com/noticias/ci_20800163/lamborn-says-no-apology-needed-child-porn-interrogation

34 replies, 9128 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 34 replies Author Time Post
Reply Photo of child in dirty bathwater prompts concern at coal mine hearing (Original post)
Adenoid_Hynkel Jun 2012 OP
eShirl Jun 2012 #1
no_hypocrisy Jun 2012 #2
freshwest Jun 2012 #28
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2012 #34
Adenoid_Hynkel Jun 2012 #3
Citizen Worker Jun 2012 #24
trusty elf Jun 2012 #4
AnOhioan Jun 2012 #5
BlueIris Jun 2012 #23
Uncle Joe Jun 2012 #30
DRoseDARs Jun 2012 #6
TalkingDog Jun 2012 #7
dipsydoodle Jun 2012 #8
FourScore Jun 2012 #18
Adenoid_Hynkel Jun 2012 #9
trusty elf Jun 2012 #10
Hubert Flottz Jun 2012 #12
2pooped2pop Jun 2012 #17
wordpix Jun 2012 #26
wendylaroux Jun 2012 #32
Hubert Flottz Jun 2012 #11
blue neen Jun 2012 #13
TahitiNut Jun 2012 #14
bluedigger Jun 2012 #15
Historic NY Jun 2012 #16
sinkingfeeling Jun 2012 #19
madmom Jun 2012 #20
Yurovsky Jun 2012 #21
lonestarnot Jun 2012 #22
wordpix Jun 2012 #25
abolugi Jun 2012 #27
Uncle Joe Jun 2012 #31
JDPriestly Jun 2012 #29
sulphurdunn Jun 2012 #33

Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:36 AM

1. shows that their minds are right there in the gutter beside their hearts

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:44 AM

2. And the obscenity of bathing in dirty water is allowable.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 01:33 PM

28. +1,000

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:46 PM

34. +1001

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:45 AM

3. Gunnoe's statement in the congressional record

Last edited Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:28 AM - Edit history (1)

No surprise that big coal and it's allies would want to smear her:
-----
"I am Maria Gunnoe from Boone County WV and I (like 100’s of others) help to represent the stories of the Appalachian Communities where coal mining impacts are killing the people and depopulating our mountain culture. Thank each of you for allowing me the opportunity to speak to you. I appreciate your obligations and responsibilities in protecting and serving all US citizens. My hope is that you listen and hear these pleas for our lives from the Southern Mountains of Appalachia where these atrocious mountaintop removal permits are operating.

The Spruce No. 1 permit is in the headwaters of Pigeon Roost creek. This stream and the people of Blair seem unimportant to most people in this room but to me and the people of Blair this stream is a part of our home. When mountaintop removal is permitted near your home, you will soon be forced to leave what is the birthplace of your family and your children’s birthrights as heirs to your family’s land. You are forced (by destruction) to leave the American dream that our forefathers prepared and fought for. Why is it acceptable to depopulate our communities and culture, poison our water and air and leave us to die in a post mining waste land for temporary jobs and energy? You should ask yourselves: are we knowingly and willingly flipping on our lights and lining our pockets at the expense of the lives, livelihoods and the health of the people in Appalachia? The answer to this in my opinion is YES you are!

The Spruce No. 1 permit is one of the first examples of steps that the EPA has taken to STOP irresponsible mining practices which were ignored during the Bush Administration. People from all over Appalachia have lobbied the EPA for these protections for the past 15 years. During the Bush Administration the oversight of mountaintop removal permits was non-existent. The Bush Administration sent word to W.Va state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Stephanie Timmermyer to get these permits pushed through as quickly as possible, In George Bush’s words “We need this coal, our homeland security depends on it.” The coal industry was allowed to do as they please during the 8 years of the Bush Administration.

Then in 2009, in steps the Obama administration’s EPA trying to fix the problems that the Bush administration created and then ignored. One of the biggest problems was the lack of enforcement of current regulations on mountaintop removal operation in Appalachia. The coal industry was allowed to run out of control in our mountains and depopulate many of our local communities during this rush to get the coal. In response to this insurgence by the coal industry, impacted community members organized to stop the attack of this industry on us in our homes. The EPA heard from us often and we appreciate that they are listening to the science. We have organized meetings with the impacted community members so that the representatives within the government agencies can see and hear the people’s pleas. Still, most of these decision makers walked away thinking that there is some sort of balance to be found in blowing up the mountains over our homes and shoving them into our streams. In reality the fact is mountaintop removal is killing people. These facts are out and available to anyone who wants to see them.

Please understand that the majority of people in Appalachia are against mountaintop removal coal mining. The only ones who support it are the ones who are making money from it. These are the ones that should be made to live in our communities and suffer the consequences of their actions. If you support mountaintop removal and what it is doing to us, you are supporting the murder of the people of the Appalachian culture that depends on these mountains and their waters for our very lives.

The coal industry has said that the EPA and the Obama administration are “trying to shut down coal.” The coal industry is perpetuating a lie that there is a “war on coal” and that coal mining jobs are under attack. This is the same false crisis that is created by this industry every time they don’t get what they want. According to recent reports by Ken Ward of the Charleston Gazette coal mining jobs have increased by 7.4 percent since 2009 when the Obama Administration took office. Ted Boettner with the WV Center for Budget and Policy looked at mining jobs over the last two decades; annual West Virginia coal mining employment was higher in 2011 than at any time over the last 17 years, according to Workforce West Virginia. Quoting the title and text of Daniel Weiss’s article on climateprogress.com “The War on Coal is a Lie Invented by the Coal Industry.” It is a multimillion dollar misinformation campaign funded by big coal polluters to distract Americans from the deadly effects of coals pollution on public health.” Also Ken Ward reported in the Charleston Gazette the coal industries numbers concerning this “war on coal” simply don’t add up. There is a war in Appalachia, do believe this. This war is not on coal, coal jobs, or the coal industry. This war is on these mountains, our water and the people who depend on it all. Coal is not our King, God is! Coal is only the dictator of some.

Mountaintop removal is not only killing the people who work these jobs but it is also killing the people who live in the surrounding communities. Jobs in any region are important; however ALL of those jobs need to be safe for the workers and for the communities that they operate in.

Mountaintop removal is NOT safe for anyone. Science has repeatedly proven this. The facts that mountaintop removal is killing us are in the 19 health studies that have been compiled.

This committee, Congress, the coal industry and the Obama administration continue to ignore these studies and continue to allow the blowing up of our mountains and poisoning of our waters and air to get to the coal that currently powers about 44 % of America’s electricity.

Expanding any mountaintop removal mining including the Spruce No. 1 permit means the depopulation of yet another mountain community and the sickening of the people who live in these communities.

Living this depopulation has made me more aware of the large-scale impact of this ousting and killing of people on the culture that I love. We will die as a culture as we suffer with the inability to pass this mountain culture on to our children. Not even our historic mountain cemeteries are left intact and accessible. Our people are being mortally impacted by the fallout from mountaintop removal coal mining in our water and air and in our native homes. Do we really need to prove that blowing up mountains over our homes and pushing them into our streams is NOT good for us? It is not as if this Committee, Congress and the coal industry doesn’t know what mountaintop removal does to people. They not only know about it but they are supporting and allowing it and by not ending it. After visiting the central Appalachian communities The UN Women’s Tribunal on climate change jurist recommendations will include that mountaintop removal should be immediately stopped – an immediate moratorium on any mountaintop
removal operations until a full investigation including health related disease incidence rates can be undertaken.

I had hoped that the last time that I came to speak to this committee that someone would have heard our pleas for our lives in Appalachia but our pleas fell on the deaf ears of coal supporters. We had to request that this committee post our comments on their website for others to view days after the industry’s comments were posted. We were timed to the second on our comments, while pro coal supporters were allowed to go minutes over their allotted time to speak. Mountaintop removal cannot be silenced. The more people that are impacted, the more that will continue to stand up to protect all that makes us Appalachians FREE! We will not back down. We know we are doing the right thing in ending this evil that has came in to destroy our very existence. We Appalachians have for many years lobbied the EPA to enforce the laws that are intended to protect our lives in our homes. The coal industry in Appalachia is anti-life and the FIRM enforcement of the laws are the only chance that we have of surviving as a culture after this industry is gone.

Parts of my family first settled this area during the forced removal of the Cherokee known as the “Trail of Tears.” What the coal industry and our government is doing to our native communities in Southern Appalachia feels much like the second silent forced removal of our people.

A few notes from community members:



Selenium discharges downstream from Spruce No 1 are already much higher than EPA standards according to recent water testing. The Spruce 1 permit will allow more selenium to be released into this stream. This is the making for life threatening levels of selenium.

The community of Blair has NO municipal drinking water available to them. The only water in these communities is the well water which in some cases has already been polluted. The community of Blair needs water infrastructure to supply their homes with healthy water before any area permits are even discussed.

From what we see on the ground the coal companies have already moved forward in preparing the permit area as if they had an approved permit. The Spruce permit is in the Coal River watershed. Mountaintop removal is why American Rivers placed the Coal River on our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® list this year–because the river is at a decision point–not because it’s the most polluted. We can save these precious headwater streams that also serve as drinking water to our communities but we must act now before it is too late."


And here's the video from when she won the Goldman Environmental Prize:

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 12:04 PM

24. Maria Gunnoe, citizen and hero!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:46 AM

4. Gawd, Amercia is so f*cked up. :-/

Of course, Doug Lamborn is a repuglican.

Here's the photo:

It's pornographic all right. What's obscene is that bath water comes out looking like that.



Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to trusty elf (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:06 AM

5. Very disturbing....the fact that she has to bathe in that muck

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to trusty elf (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 11:41 AM

23. Yikes.

That is sad. Really sad.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to trusty elf (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:03 PM

30. The only pornography is that of the "committee" that would enable industry to trash the peoples'

water resources to such a disgraceful extent.

What a bunch of low life bastards.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:11 AM

6. Gunnoe needs to sue the ever-loving fuck out of Rep. Lamborn for slander. nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:12 AM

7. Harassment and intimidation

Best summed by Gunnoe herself: Character assassination.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:15 AM

8. The photo mentioned is easy enough to find

Just google the photographer's name and hit images. There is nothing offensive about it all other than the disgusting water in which the child sits. It orange : reminds me of effluent from our old tin mines here in the UK years ago.

Any outcry about the photo is a poor attempt to change the subject from "The Human Toll: Mountaintop Removal Mining"

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink




Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:17 AM

10. Dick says "What's the problem?".

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to trusty elf (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:49 AM

12. I wonder if Dick will advise Willard the rat to...

add himself to the (R)money ticket, like he did when W asked for Cheney's "help."

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to trusty elf (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 09:14 AM

17. lol n/t

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to trusty elf (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 12:14 PM

26. you did it again, trusty! Wonderful

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to trusty elf (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:22 PM

32. Most excellent!!--nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:43 AM

11. Not only do republicans lie nonstop...

They can't handle any form of the truth. Like throwing "Holy" water on a vampire.

It would be fine to display those unborn fetus pictures the GOPers mail out in their campaign ads, so your kids can get them out of your mailbox, when they go get your mail for you. I had a hell of a time trying to explain the pictures Shellie Capito sent out a while back, to my little grandson.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 06:54 AM

13. It sounds like Rep. Lamborn has issues.

It's too bad that he can't handle the truth, and that is all this photo displayed.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 08:00 AM

14. Justice would mandate that Lamborn's head be held below such waters until his demons were exorcized.

What a despicable smear in defense of the wanton rape and pillage of our natural resources!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 08:05 AM

15. One of the most craven and cowardly acts ever by a congressperson.

Truly shameful.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 09:11 AM

16. Clean coal is more important than clean water.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 09:49 AM

19. Somebody should give Rep. Lamborn a test because that dude has

a real sexual problem! I guess he'd have every parent that takes pictures of their nude babies arrested. One can't determine the sex of the innocent child in the photograph. The guy is twisted.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink



Response to madmom (Reply #20)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 10:36 AM

21. Why oh why did I ckick that link?

That is some twisted #%¥!}!!!!

I saw that show once and just wondered how child services can sit by and allow that to happen.... The chemical exposure alone has got to be harmful to those children, let alone the mental and physical torture they endure so that "mommy" can feel good about herself!!!!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 10:48 AM

22. Lamborn probably eats coal for breakfast.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 12:13 PM

25. I fail to see anything the least bit porno in that photo. Lamborn's mind is twisted

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 01:29 PM

27. Lamborn said he hadn’t looked at the photo

before he denied its admission, and he hasn’t looked at it since the hearing, because it’s of a child bathing.

“I did not want to see the photograph, and I do not want to see it now,” said Lamborn. “If something is inappropriate, I don’t want to see it.”

What a jackass!! He didn't even look at it before he tries smearing this woman.
However, Mr. Lamborn, it is now ALL over the internet and you look like a complete fool!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to abolugi (Reply #27)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:06 PM

31. I agree he is a jackass and Lamborn is shirking his duty as Congressman supposedly

representing the people.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 03:17 PM

29. What is the world coming to?

Bare rug pictures used to be pretty commonplace. Babies were photographed lying belly down, as naked as the day they were born on a rug. My grandparents' generation thought that was so cute.

We don't do that today, but still, it is a venerable old American tradition in many families -- not just in West Virginia.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 04:24 PM

33. They could be right.

Republican congressmen and their staffs tend to have a lot of personal experience with sexual perversion.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread