First off, I apologize for the delay in my posting schedule lately. I’ve been quite busy with a new term in school so I haven’t given as much time to SmoothingIt.com. That being said, I just received word of a chemical spill into the Elk River here in West Virginia and wanted to share the reports to those of you like minded woodsmen who care for our mountains, rivers, and streams.
It appears that a local
policy maker chemical supplier inadvertently poured an undisclosed amount of 4-Methylcyclohexane into the river that not only provides miles of excellent canoeing and fishing, but just so happens to be the area’s primary water source. This affects the residents of five of our counties; They can flush their toilets but cannot shower, wash hands, wash clothes, or drink the contaminated water.
I haven’t been involved in the HazMat field for quite some time but as I understand it, 4-Methylcyclohexane is used in the coal-washing process.
King coal, you son-of-a-bitch, king coal
Dirty, rotten, to the core
Take our life and take our soul
And leave the wreckage to the poor
Flatten our mountains and poison our streams
Bury us under a pile of stone
Steal our futures and crush our dreams
Then leave we mountaineers alone