A Preview: The West Virginia Water Crisis

A Preview of Things to Come:

“The West Virginia Water Crisis: Stop the Cycle of Abuse”

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  1. Hello Krista,

    Thank you for your blog. I am a professor of microbiology is the civil and environmental engineering department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. But I grew up in West Virginia. My sister still lives in St. Albans. For the past several years I have spent some time investigating the impact of high volume hydraulic fracturing and related activities on human and environmental health. It is quite obvious, but challenging to prove, that air and water emissions from these industries are harming people. The very young and very old are particularly susceptible. During a meeting this past sunday with impacted families in Doddridge County, I was fortunate to meet a group of people from Charleston and Sissonville and other communities impacted by the Freedom Spill. They even brought me water samples that they collected on the 11th and 12th following the spill. Those samples are in my lab and being process for analysis.

    During a night-long conversation, it became clear to everyone that the only reason that this one particular spill is getting so much attention is because the contaminant entered a water distribution system and impacted 300,000 households. Spills like this are occurring all over West Virginia and beyond nearly every day! A single residual waste truck carries 4,500 gallons. These not only tip over and dump their loads into creeks, these wastes are cleared for use as dust suppressants and deicer for roads…..intentional releases directly adjacent to streams and other surface waters. I know dozens of families….and I know that there are thousands of them out there…who suffer from health impacts related to water contamination. I am here use the Freedom Spill to help amplify the silent voices for those suffering alone in the hills and hollers of our beautiful state and throughout all of Appalachia.

    Sincerely yours,

    1. Hi Yuri,

      Thank you for this important information. I hope everyone on the site heeds your warning. Would you be available for an interview? It doesn’t have to be in-person but if you are available, please let me know.

      Thank you,


      1. Hello Krista.
        Sure. No problem. Contact me by email and we can work out the details. My deepest hope is that this single incident will help to raise public awareness about the importance of water and the ongoing contamination in energy producing areas throughout Appalachia…and around the world.
        Best wishes,

  2. Tim,
    Thank you for telling the truth about this situation. Many West Virginia’s are afraid to speak up.

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