31 Jul '16, 3pm

Here's What 7.8 Billion Gallons of Toxic Coal Ash Sludge Looks Like via @EcoWatch

Here's What 7.8 Billion Gallons of Toxic Coal Ash Sludge Looks Like via @EcoWatch

This is part 2 (read part 1) on my visit to see mountaintop removal coal mining sites in West Virginia with Coal River Mountain Watch. Junior Walk and I are standing where a mountain used to be. We're on a pile of rocks surrounded by even more piles of rocks and boulders. But that's not what has our attention. "There it is—the largest earthen dam in the western hemisphere," Junior said. We're looking at the Brushy Fork impoundment—a massive dam holding back 7.8 billion gallons of toxic coal sludge. Coal ash sludge contains a scary assortment of chemicals—from manganese to cadmium, lead and mercury and more. And we're standing in front of a 7.8 billion gallon "lake" of it. Down below the sludge are hundreds of homes, filled with people hoping that dam never breaches. Our journey to this shocking site started on a much lighter note down at the Coal River Mountain Watch offic...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/toxic-coal-ash-sludge-mountaintop...

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