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as quoted by JOHNSmith
...although I heard they tried to find an intern to give him a BJ but they couldn't find one.
What he's talking about is what he calls a government cover-up of an investigation into a disaster 25 times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill. It happened in October of 2000, when 300 million gallons of coal slurry - thick pudding-like waste from mining operations - flooded land, polluted rivers and destroyed property in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. The slurry contained hazardous chemicals, including arsenic and mercury.
“It polluted 100 miles of stream, killed everything in the streams, all the way to the Ohio River,” says Spadaro, who was second in command of the team investigating the accident.
The coverup wouldn't have happened if Al Gore had been elected.
Originally posted by Seekerof
And I suppose instead of severely injuring a camel and destroying an aspirin factory, Bush just tok out Afghanistan and Iraq, huh?
The "greenies" are in a bit of a quandary with their heroes Clinton and Gore, due to a recent proposal the Administration made that will allow mining companies to dump coal waste into streams and rivers in violation of the Clean Water Act. Esten Perez of Friends of the Earth said, "It is ironic that at the same time this Administration is announcing new efforts to promote cleaner energy, they are weakening our clean water laws and giving the coal industry a free pass to pollute." But, are they going to remain sufficiently loyal to not make a stink about an environmental disaster of this magnitude? Surely they're aware of the past incidents of pollution from tri-state mining operations.
In the case of the environmental disaster still unfolding in Kentucky and spreading into Ohio and W.Virginia, the big news networks may be giving us a preview of the sort of coverage we can expect not only of Gore's legal troubles and fiascoes, but also those of Gore's friends and associates.
Two months prior to winning the contract, Fluor and its PAC gave $100,000 to Clinton/Gore fundraisers. (Fluor had already given another $103,000 not long before that.) In 1997 under Fluor's management, America came close to experiencing its own Chernobyl nuclear disaster when a chemical tank in the plant exploded within twenty yards of ten tons of plutonium.
6. Are the media ignoring this because of the Gore/Fluor connection?
And speaking of Al Gore, that champion of the environment and author of "Earth in the Balance" in which he stated, "At some point during this journey we lost our feeling of connectedness to the rest of nature" - has living in a mansion with improvements paid for by the Fluor Corporation caused him to lose his connectedness with that part of nature in the southeast where Kentucky, W.Virginia and Ohio intersect?
Correct. But the current administration is actively engaged in a cover-up of one of the most serious environmental disaster on U.S. soil.
Originally posted by Seekerof What did the previous administration do to prevent a second occurance? Na'da!
BABICH: While it's unclear whether Bush Administration connections to the mining industry have anything to do with the investigation or personnel actions taken against Spadaro, it's probably worth noting that Massey Energy is a major contributor to the Republican Party. And, President Bush's top leadership at MSHA is stacked with former mining executives. Assistant Secretary Lauriski was an executive with Energy West Mining. Deputy Assistant Secretary John Correll, worked for Amax Mining and Peabody Coal.
SIERRA CLUB CONSERVATION UPDATE: February 2004
Assistant Secretary of Labor Dave Lauriski
Originally posted by mOjOm
300 million gallons is more than a spill. WTF holds 300 millions gallons that can accidentally spill in one shot??
Originally posted by basso
A small reservoir. 300M gallons is just less than 1000 acre feet.
For comparison, a small reservoir here in San Mateo County, Calif. can hold about 23,000 acre feet; it's about 1 square mile in surface area.
The size of the spill isn't especially surprising. The damage is.
Originally posted by mOjOm
Somehow that doesn't do much for me in terms of making things seem smaller.
And all 760 (approx.) Football Fields are 1 Foot Deep in Toxic Sludge Sh*t!!
Spadaro says the investigators discovered the spill was more than an accident -- it was an accident waiting to happen.
The mining company claimed it had taken measures to make sure it wouldn't happen again, but an engineer working for the company said the problem had not been fixed, and that both he and the company knew another spill was virtually inevitable.
They were misrepresenting the facts … and they knew that. The company knew that and I'm sorry to say I believe some people within the government knew that.”