Jan. 9, 2014, was a watershed day in West Virginia history.
That’s when 10,000 gallons of chemicals used in processing coal spilled from a storage tank into the Elk River, the drinking water source for 300,000 residents in a nine-county region, including Charleston, the state’s capital and largest city. The contamination forced the temporary closure of schools, businesses and the state’s highest court.
Six years later, the spill and the uproar it caused have dissipated. But in a far corner of the state that was spared from the incident’s effects, an environmental group is trying to make sure that what happened to the Elk River doesn’t repeat itself elsewhere.[Continue Reading]