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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 06:57 AM
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If AT Massey lied about the conditions at the UBB mine are they truthful about the safety of...
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The Brushy Fork Slurry Impoundment

Breaks in coal slurry impoundments can threaten the lives and health of area residents, destroy homes and businesses and contaminate water supplies. This dangerous potential looms over coal mining regions in West Virginia and throughout Appalachia.
- Senator Robert C. Byrd


The Brushy Fork Slurry Impoundment is located in western Raleigh County, where the Brushy Fork tributary used to run down off of Coal River Mountain. Water from Brushy Fork flowed into Little Marsh Fork, into Marsh Fork, and then into Coal River just upstream of Whitesville.

The Brushy Fork Impoundment was originally permitted in November of 1995. At a public hearing addressing the expansion of the dam, the following concerns were raised: the quality of the compaction of the dam as of 1999, the adequacy and life expectancy of the drainage system, the adequacy of the monitoring plan and overall concerns about the safety of the impoundment throughout its life expectancy. At this point in time, violations had already been given to Massey regarding the compaction of the dam as well as several "black water" releases (a release of contaminated water that is often black) into the Coal River. Communities were also concerned about nature of the emergency evacuation plans for communities living downstream of the dam.



At a second public hearing held to address additional mining and the expansion of Brushy Fork, Rick Eades, a respected hydrologist, added concerns about the impact of additional blasting on the stability of the dam. He questioned "blasting where underground mines existed in the Eagle coal seam, the possibilities for adversely affecting near surface bedrock in a way that could possibly enhance pathways for slurry to be released via the subsurface and bypass the dam." What Dr. Eades was expressing concern over was the possibility of a slurry breakthrough not through the dam itself, like in Buffalo Creek, but through the bottom of the dam, into an underground mine shaft, and out the side of the mountain. This type of slurry breakthrough is called a blowout, as was the cause of the massive slurry spill in Martin County, KY, in 2000. Read More...

http://auroralights.org/map_project/theme.php?theme=crm...

Martin County sludge spill

The Martin County Sludge Spill was an accident that occurred after midnight on October 11, 2000 when the bottom of a coal sludge impoundment owned by Massey Energy in Martin County, Kentucky, USA, broke into an abandoned underground mine below. The slurry came out of the mine openings, sending an estimated 306,000,000 US gallons (1.16109 l; 255,000,000 imp gal) of sludge down two tributaries of the Tug Fork River. By morning, Wolf Creek was oozing with the black waste; on Coldwater Fork, a 10-foot (3.0 m) wide stream became a 100-yard (91 m) expanse of thick sludge.

The spill was over five feet deep in places and covered nearby residents' yards. The spill polluted hundreds of miles (300 500 km) of the Big Sandy River and its tributaries and the Ohio River. The water supply for over 27,000 residents was contaminated, and all aquatic life in Coldwater Fork and Wolf Creek was killed. The spill was 30 times larger than the Exxon Valdez oil spill (12 million gallons) and one of the worst environmental disasters ever in the southeastern United States, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The spill was exceeded in volume by the Kingston Fossil Plant coal fly ash slurry spill in 2008.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, wife of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), oversaw the Mine Safety and Health Administration at the time. Chao placed a McConnell staffer in charge of the MSHA investigation into the spill. In 2002, a $5,600 fine was levied. That September, Massey gave $100,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, chaired by McConnell. Read More...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_County_sludge_spill

If AT Massey lied about the safety of the Upper Big Branch Mine, that snuffed out the lives of 29 West Virginia coal miners, what are the odds that they are telling the whole truth about the integrity of the massive Brushy Fork Slurry Impoundment that could wipe out the entire Coal River valley and all of it's inhabitants, human and otherwise, for 70 miles downstream? Is Brushy Fork,s millions of gallons of toxic sludge sitting on top of worked out mines like the Martin County impoundment was? Can We Depend on AT Massey's word?




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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 07:08 AM
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1. Here is a link to some photos of the toxic waste dam I'm talking about
Virtual Flyover of Brushy Fork Coal Slurry Impoundment

http://www.ohvec.org/galleries/mountaintop_removal/008/...
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 07:34 AM
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2. What I found in my mailbox one morning told me this horror story.
http://www.ohvec.org/issues/slurry_impoundments/article...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

The UMWA let the cat out of the bag on AT Massey's Brushy Fork disaster waiting to happen. Until I got their flier I never knew the danger of living in the Coal River Valley.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 10:55 AM
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8. I had to work at Buffalo Creek after the disaster there.
It was not a pretty sight.
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 11:22 AM
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10. I worked over there too.
Replacing a bridge that had been totally swept away by the wall of water and wreckage. It was a sad place to work.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 04:04 PM
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13. Water of wall, wreckage, and people.
Remember the house jam that backed up behind the railroad bridge that held? Lots of bodies were found in there. I was working at that spot when I heard Arch Moore on the radio, trying to give Pittston a pass by calling the disaster an act of God.
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 04:50 PM
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14. Arch should still be in the pen.
And his daughters with him...
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 05:02 PM
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15. One of his daughters got caught selling coke.
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-01-11 05:43 AM
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16. Jail is for common folk.
The to the manor born "Entitled" are above the law.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-01-11 01:07 PM
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17. Amazing, how anybody could vote for a member of this crime family.
Oh you could say that Shelly can't help who her father and sister are. But she has never done anything to distance herself from Arch. Quite the contrary.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 08:40 AM
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3. It's very possible (okay totally real) that they are lying
about everything, because money means more to them than anything.
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 08:47 AM
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4. The people they have murdered for money mean no more to them
than a broken down, discarded, piece of mining equipment.



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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 08:48 AM
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5. It's sickening, isn't it?
I am sure that is what they consider the people they use.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 08:49 AM
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6. And that's the simple truth
I read yesterday that he kept two different set of books re safety
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 09:08 AM
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7. Just like mobsters do.
Same MO as the gangsters.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 11:06 AM
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9. Here's a link to the other story
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 11:29 AM
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11. So...
When does the murder trial start? Premeditated Murder. Killing for cash just as sure as someone who takes out an insurance policy on someone and then cuts a brake hose on their car. The people running that mine knew it was a death trap. The shareholders sat back in safety and reaped the rewards while the miners reaped the whirlwind.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-30-11 11:30 AM
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12. Rich corporate murderers never face trial
We live in a complete inversion of reality.
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