Tag Archives: Elk River

The Coal War on West Virginia and the Appalachian Mountains

Just some drops in the bucket: 1883—2014–21,000 deaths in coal mine accidents 1998-2014–170 deaths in coal mine accidents 1968—2007–Black Lung—1500 Coal Miner Black Lung deaths each year (source: UMWA) That’s close to 60,000 black lung deaths just since 1968 21,351 … Continue reading

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Peace Corps in Community Development

I could not imagine my job in the Peace Corps being community development or such. There was no way that I knew enough or was experienced enough to bring about beneficial change in a community that had existed possibly for … Continue reading

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West Virginia a Coal and Chemical Chernobyl

I sent this as part of a letter to the editor of Friends of Nigeria, a newsletter of former Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Nigeria.   On January 9, 2014, 10,000 gallons of coal-cleaning chemical spilled into the Elk … Continue reading

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Industry owns Public

From the today’s Charleston Gazette a quote from Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper: In January 2011 he said that to implement the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s recommendation for a “Hazardous Chemical Release Prevention Program” in Kanawha County would take the “…unified … Continue reading

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