“It’s Not an Accident, It’s a Disaster:” The Water Crisis in West Virginia

Piedmont Earth First!

by Wiley Cypress / Earth First! Newswire

[Earth First! Journal editor’s note: The Elk River chemical spill is not a past crisis. The water supply for thousands of Appalachians is still poisoned and friends at West Virginia Clean Water Hub have been working tirelessly to meet demands for clean water. See how you can support them regionally by volunteering or donating water, or from afar by donating cash.]

Contaminated water from the kitchen taps at Midland Trail Elementary School in Riverside, WV Monday. Photo: Rachel Molenda / WV Gazette

Contaminated water from the kitchen taps at Midland Trail Elementary School in Riverside, WV Monday. Photo: Rachel Molenda / WV Gazette

Only a month has passed since Freedom Industries spilled 7500 gallons of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol into Elk River, poisoning the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians. Yet mainstream media coverage of the disaster has almost disappeared. This week, for example, MSNBC pulled a story on the chemical spill to make room for more newsreel about New Jersey Governor Chris…

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