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My name is Krista Bryson and I created this blog. I’m from West Virginia but now reside in Oklahoma City, OK.  I have a PhD from The Ohio State University, in English – Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy. I own Write Good, a communications and development consulting firm that works with nonprofits and businesses serving the greater good. Please visit my business website if you would like to work with me.

Follow me on Twitter: @klbryson and @writegoodco

I created the content for this blog by putting out a call for written stories and collecting them through the “About” page of this blog. I filmed all of the footage included here and am currently making a documentary on the water crisis for the National Science Foundation.

I started this blog because the stories of the chemical spill are important. The stories are not just about the “inconvenience” of being without water. They are about a chemical company that did not have to report to or adhere to regulations from the DEP. That is the law here in WV or maybe the “lack thereof.”

Governor Tomblin was just touting West Virginia’s more lenient regulations on chemical companies the day the Freedom Industries spill occurred. We need to keep the outrage caused by this gross negligence of industry to properly regulate itself for the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of people, not to mention the environment, in the forefront of our minds as we look closely at our laws and fight for legislation that protects West Virginia.

Thanks for coming to this blog. I hope you learn something, feel comforted, get inspired, and share widely.

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7 comments

  1. This is a great idea. You’d do everyone a huge favor if you’d edit these interviews *much* more, though I know that’d be tedious for you.

    I’m without drinkable tap water here in Charleston, so I’ve had ample time to research and reflect on all this. This is not a typical issue of chemical industry regulation. This chemical is nowhere listed as hazardous, however unpleasant it might be, and the EPA and state and local regulators can’t exercise strict control and oversight of *every* chemical used in this country. If the same amount had been spilled two miles downriver, the human and environmental impact would have been immeasurably small.

    What happened here is simply that many people who should have known better overlooked the possible consequences of using a structurally unsound tank for chemical storage in the immediate neighborhood of a major public water intake. That’s all. In Charleston or Columbus or anywhere else, we all should ought to wake up and look into how well our public water supplies are managed and protected. That’s the essential lesson of this event. Because the next time it happens, the contaminant could cause much more harm.

  2. Thanks for the informative blog. We are sending reps from our organization to blanket the are in hopes of informing the local population about the need to filter this water. All homes in the area should have entire home filter systems. We have filters that filter hundreds of toxins including Fluoride. We should arrive in the area sometime next week. Keep up the great work!!!

  3. Hi Krista,
    I happened upon your blog while researching some extension activities for my AP Language and Composition students. They have just begun reading Giardina’s The Unquiet Earth. WV’s current water crisis offers my students a relevant and timely connection to WV’s deep and grim history with coal companies. Can you make some recommendations on how they can help? I am anxious to link my students to your blog. P.S. Many have their sights set on attending OSU in 2015.

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