Monthly Archives: November 2008

The Water Crisis and Long Term Development

November 21, 2008
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Below is a letter that I wrote for The Mountain Eagle that was published on November 12th, 2008. After I wrote this State formally charged Childers Oil and a spokesperson for DOW said the water was “never dangerous.” While I don’t pretend to know the extent of danger, any time you are required to...

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Coal Companies Apply for Discharge Permits

November 14, 2008
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Several coal companies are applying for water discharge permits into Letcher County streams. Notices published by the Division of Water today include the following: BLUE MOUNTAIN VENTURES, INCORPORATED, US 119 & Pine Creek Road, Mayking, Kentucky. KPDES No. KYG046134. DNR No. 867-0453 A1. AI No. 97639. This permit action involves a new source discharge...

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Laborartory Clarifies Gasoline Results

November 14, 2008
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McCoy and McCoy Laboratories now says tests of samples Headwaters Inc took from the Kentucky River are valid, though tap water samples could be incorrect because of the type of bottles used and the tests run. Samples downstream of the contamination site at Ermine did show detectable amounts of gasoline range organics in the...

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Gasoline Range Organic Test Suspect

November 14, 2008
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Test results returned on independent samples taken by Headwaters Inc. in the aftermath of a petroleum release into the river at Whitesburg show a detection for gasoline range organics in both the river water downstream of the contamination site, and tap water from six of seven sites sampled. The test results can be found...

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Partial Test Results Returned

November 13, 2008
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McCoy and McCoy Laboratories has returned partial test results for independent water sampling Headwaters Inc. did last week. The tests on water from three locations in the Kentucky River and seven taps spread out of the county and Whitesburg water systems showed all diesel range organics below the reported detect limits. Since the results...

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Gasoline Range Test Back

November 13, 2008
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Gasoline Range Organics tests performed by Headwaters Inc. in the wake of contamination of Whitesburg’s water supply are back and will be posted by early Friday. We are still going over the results to be sure we explain them correctly, but we will get them out as soon as possible. Posted by Sam

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State Cites Childers

November 12, 2008
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ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT CABINET Gov. Steven L. Beshear Dr. Len Peters, Secretary Contact: Allison Fleck, Division of Water 502-564-3410 For Immediate Release Department for Environmental Protection issues notice of violation in Whitesburg water contamination incident Don Childers held responsible for oil leakage FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2008) – The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection...

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Headwaters Test Results Due Back

November 11, 2008
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Results of independent tests done by Headwaters Inc. are expected back on Wednesday. We’ll post results here when they arrive. State tests show most contaminants below the minimum detectable level. There are some exceptions, most notably chloroform, which Headwaters board member Regina Donour tells me would be formed when hydrocarbons come into contact with...

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Water Ban Lifted, Headwaters does Independent Tests

November 6, 2008
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The Kentucky Division of Water has told customers of the Whitesburg water works that they can resume using city water without restrictions. Meanwhile, Headwaters Inc. (The Head of Three Rivers Project) conducted its own tests today. A team of samplers from the project collected water from the North Fork of the Kentucky River and...

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Reports and Data

November 6, 2008
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Independent tests for diesel, gasoline and volatile organics conducted on February 19, 2009. These were in response to a spill in the North Fork of the Kentucky River and that led to contamination of the Whitesburg water system. Click here for test results from McCoy & McCoy labs. Click here for backup results from...

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