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marble falls

(58,700 posts)
Mon Jan 13, 2014, 08:19 AM Jan 2014

West Virginia Officials Say Water Ban to be Lifted Soon

Source: Time Magazine

West Virginia Officials Say Water Ban to be Lifted Soon

But authorities unable to provide clear timetable
By David Stout Jan. 13, 2014Add a Comment

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Residents line up for water at a water filling station at West Virginia State University, in Institute, West Virginia, January 10, 2014.


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After an estimated 300,000 West Virginians spent the weekend without tap water, following a massive chemical spill in the Elk River, officials say tests show life may return to normal soon — without specifying exactly when. “I believe that we’re at a point where we can say that we see light at the end of the tunnel,” West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin told a group of reporters on Sunday.

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Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water, said he was optimistic that the ban would be lifted soon. “I don’t believe we’re several days from starting to lift, but I’m not saying today,” told McIntyre.

On Thursday, state officials announced that approximately 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a chemical used to process coal, had leaked from a storage tank into the Elk River, just one mile from the West Virginia American Water plant.

Environmentalists have long chided West Virginia’s lax industrial regulations, which activists claim are a result of the enormous sway companies working in coal-related industries have in the state.

Read more: http://nation.time.com/2014/01/13/west-virginia-officials-say-water-ban-to-be-lifted-soon/

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West Virginia Officials Say Water Ban to be Lifted Soon (Original Post) marble falls Jan 2014 OP
I dont believe were several days from starting to lift, but Im not saying today. another_liberal Jan 2014 #1
How about this one from West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre? Lasher Jan 2014 #2
That is scary. another_liberal Jan 2014 #3
Yep, it's inconvenient. Lasher Jan 2014 #6
"Intelligence . . . another_liberal Jan 2014 #7
Funny how these chemical spills always seem to be fine after a few weeks Spacemom Jan 2014 #4
They just kick it down the road. Later it will be a 'cancer cluster' which will be explained away... marble falls Jan 2014 #5
I wouldn't believe a G.D. thing the "officials" say..... llmart Jan 2014 #8
In a word, no. Lasher Jan 2014 #9
 

another_liberal

(8,821 posts)
1. I dont believe were several days from starting to lift, but Im not saying today.
Mon Jan 13, 2014, 08:23 AM
Jan 2014

WTF does that mean?

I expected him to add, "But I'm not really at all sure if this is an emergency, or not."

Lasher

(27,808 posts)
2. How about this one from West Virginia American Water President Jeff McIntyre?
Mon Jan 13, 2014, 08:36 AM
Jan 2014

"We don't know that the water is not safe, but I can't say it is safe."

Translation: "We don't know what we're doing."

Lasher

(27,808 posts)
6. Yep, it's inconvenient.
Mon Jan 13, 2014, 09:22 AM
Jan 2014

Somebody from the county keeps coming by the local church to give bottled drinking water to folks but they never seem to let anybody know when they will be there and then they are gone before we find out they had been there. There's a fire department nearby and I could always go there to get water any time of day.

All area restaurants are closed. By state law they must have potable running water to open. Hospitals are open, of course, but they're only cooking for patients so their cafeterias are closed.

But it's not as bad for me personally as you might imagine. We can't use our tap water for anything whatever except flushing the toilet. But we're lucky to have a potable water supply here on our property. And being a country boy, I'm used to cooking my own food. I just fixed 5 gallons of my famous deer stew. I wish I could share a bowl with you, it's really good.

Do you know how much water you need to take an actual bath? A shitload, that's how much. I know this from personal experience last night. I've been using the propane burner of my turkey deep fryer setup to heat water. I can have 5 gallons boiling in a hurry.

Spacemom

(2,561 posts)
4. Funny how these chemical spills always seem to be fine after a few weeks
Mon Jan 13, 2014, 08:58 AM
Jan 2014

Nothing to see here, move along.

Then in 20 years or so the cancer rates in the area are way above norm.

marble falls

(58,700 posts)
5. They just kick it down the road. Later it will be a 'cancer cluster' which will be explained away...
Mon Jan 13, 2014, 09:09 AM
Jan 2014

as a 'statistical anomaly'.

llmart

(15,651 posts)
8. I wouldn't believe a G.D. thing the "officials" say.....
Mon Jan 13, 2014, 10:07 PM
Jan 2014

Would you really trust your health/life to them? Not me.

This should be the number one news story everywhere, but people who don't live in W. Va. won't give it a second thought in a week. Have we really made much progress since Love Canal?

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