This came from a native of Southern West Virginia posted on West Virginia Highlands Conservancy facebook.
“When I grew up on Coal River, WV, our well was pure and clear until strip mining and blasting entered our area. Then it was horrible water. I wouldn’t drink it, though my dad did. When he was dying of colon cancer, he asked me, “I wonder if this is because I drank our water?” My mother died of pancreatic cancer, so did my aunt. So did many of the people of my parents’ generation who lived in our area. Coincidence? I think not.”