More than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry poured into an eastern Kanawha County stream Tuesday in what officials were calling a "significant spill" from a Patriot Coal processing facility.
Emergency officials and environmental inspectors said roughly six miles of Fields Creek had been blackened and that a smaller amount of the slurry made it into the Kanawha River near Chesapeake
"This has had significant, adverse environmental impact to Fields Creek and an unknown amount of impact to the Kanawha River," said Secretary Randy Huffman of the state Department of Environmental Protection. "This is a big deal, this is a significant slurry spill." (Source: West Virginia Gazette.)I find this sickening! The waters are running black for approximately 6 miles, and the toxins in the slurry will most likely completely destroy the creek. Not only does this have a major environmental impact, the spill also threatens to harm the health of the people living in the areas affected!