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Truth from the Headwaters


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Truth from the Headwaters

  1. 1. “We are all down stream” Maria Gunnoe www.ohvec,org
  2. 2. The Big Coal Riverjoins the Kanawha River in St Albans
  3. 3.  Water is the basis of all life and that includes your body. Your muscles that move your body are 75% water; your blood that transport nutrients is 82% water; your lungs that provide your oxygen are 90% water; your brain that is the control center of your body is 76% water; even your bones are 25% water. Our health is truly dependent on the quality and quantity of the water we drink. There are 722 references to water in the Bible. Most of which refer to water as THE Gift of Life… In Genesis 1: 1-31 it was water that brought life to all the moving creature of the earth.
  4. 4. Noticethese 2peaks.This is theSpruce 1permit Blair Headwaters of Pigeon Roost Holler/ Spruce 1 permit from the Home of Charles air. Bella. Flight courtesy of
  5. 5. Photo by Maria flightcourtesy
  6. 6. Asbury Cemetery Bailey Cemetery Jarrell Cemetery Photo by Maria Gunnoe flight courtesy of www.southwings.or
  7. 7. Photos by Maria Gunnoe
  8. 8. Coal sludge damsheld back by earth. Valley fill Photo by Maria Gunnoe
  9. 9. Coal waste running into The Big coal RiverCoal sludge runoff Photos courtesy of Vivian Stockman
  10. 10. Photo by Maria Gunnoe www.ohvec.orgFlight courtesy of
  11. 11.  Slurry not stored above ground is pumped, or "injected," into abandoned underground mines. Once underground it can migrate into the groundwater contaminating local well water, especially when blasting from surface mining occurs in the area. Several communities have had their water supply contaminated by underground injection causing widespread, often life-threatening illnesses.
  12. 12. Toilet Bowl Toilet tank
  13. 13. Waterfrom awaterheater.
  14. 14.  Chronic exposure to the metals found in coal slurry can damage virtually every part of the body. Health problems caused by these metals include intestinal lesions, neuropathy, kidney and liver failure, cancer, high blood pressure, brittle bones, miscarriages and birth defects among others. Studies of the effects of coal slurry on human cell tissues have found evidence that coal slurry causes cancerous proliferation, cell death and damage to kidney cells.
  15. 15.  Aniline Diethyl phthalate 1,3-Dichlorobenzene Acenaphthene Dimethyl phthalate 1,4-Dichlorobenzene Acenapthylene Dioctylphthalate 2,4-Dinitrotoluene Anthracene Fluoranthene 2,6-Dinitrotoluene Benzidine Fluorene 2-Chloronaphtalene Benzo(a)anthracene Hexachlorobenzene 2-Methylnapthalene Benzo(a)pyrene Hexachloroethane |2-Nitroaniline Benzo(b)fluoranthene Indeno(1,2,3-c,d)pyrene 3-3-Dichlorobenzidine Benzo(ghi)perylene Isophorone 3-Nitroaniline Benzo(k)fluoroanthene N-Nitrosodi-n- 4-Bromophenyl phenyl Benzyl alcohol propylamine ether bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate N-Nitrosodiphenylamine 4-Chloroaniline bis(2-chloroethoxy)- Naphthalene 4-Chhlorophenyl phenyl methane Nitrobenzene ether bis(2-chloroethyl)ether Phenanthrene 4-Nitroaniline bis(2- Pyrene chloroisopropyl)ether Acrylamide Butyl benzyl phthalate Hexachloro-1,3-Butadiene Chrysene Hexa-Cl-1,3- (When we ask what Dibenzo(a,h)anthraceneDi Cyclopentadiene was in coal sludge we benzofuran 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene Dibutyl phtalate 1,2-Dichlorobenzene were told it was “trade secret” )
  16. 16. 1183 acres of mountaintop removal coal mining Valley fillMaria Gunnoe’s home & Big Branch Creek
  17. 17. Before MTR mining.AfterMTRMining Photos by the late James Foster of Bob White WV.
  18. 18. Photos by Maria Gunnoe
  19. 19. A new and an old internalfacet valve.
  20. 20. Jimmy ‘s home Spruce mine permitPigeon Roost Holler iscurrently beautiful..Lets keep it that way!
  21. 21.  Call Senator Joe Manchin and Governor Tomblin let them know that our “gift of life” from God is our childrens “gift of life” and that we as WV citizens insist that it be protected! Contact Address: Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Office of the Governor State Capitol 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East Charleston, West Virginia 25305 Office Telephone: (304) 558-2000 or 1-888-438-2731 Senator Joe Manchin Charleston Office 300 Virginia Street, East Suite 2630 Charleston, WV 25301 Phone: 304-342-5855 Toll-Free Phone: 855-275-5737 (For residents with a 304 or 681 area code) Fax: 304-343-7144 Washington, DC 303 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC, 20510 Phone: 202-224-3954 Fax: 202-228-0002
  22. 22.  Contact Lisa Jackson. She is the Administrator of the EPA. Let the EPA know that the people of WV support them in protecting our water and mountains. Let the EPA know that we support stopping the Spruce 1 permit behind Jimmy Weekly’s home and ending all mountaintop removal /valley fill mining. She is taking a major hit from the industry. USEPA Headquarters Ariel Rios Building 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W. Mail Code: 1101A Washington, DC 20460 Office Phone -202-564-4700 Join OVEC at Sign up for action alerts and stay informed about what you can do to help protect our water and our childrens future. Its not only our responsibility but its our obligation.