WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


Coal Slurry Spill Heads Toward Huntington

Reported: Feb. 11, 2014 6:18 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 12, 2014 10:22 AM EST
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

News Image

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Dave Benton) -- A major coal slurry spill in Eastern Kanawha County dumped more than 100 thousand gallons of black water in the Kanawha River.

It will eventually go into the Ohio River and head toward Huntington. Tim Matthews lives in the River City and says, "It does concern me about the safety of residents here in Huntington and also the children." Matthews and a lot of other people who live in Huntington want the valves shut off at the water plant before the slurry spill gets to Huntington.

Timothy Ball also lives in Huntington and says, "I think they should look at the people who's been sick over the last month or so, or who can't take a shower."

According to WV American Water spokeswoman Laura Jordan, "A coal slurry leak in a tributary of the Kanawha River is not anticipated to have an impact on our Huntington water treatment plant, located on the Ohio River more than 100 river miles downstream of the leak site. We anticipate no impact to the Huntington water system due to river flow and dilution."

Huntington resident Elizabeth Harper says that's not good enough for her. "It's not reassuring me because if they don't turn it off and it gets here and becomes like Kanawha County then we're going to end up having no water too and we'll be in the hospital. But really they should go ahead and turn it off then test it and make sure it's alright for us to run our water or before we drink it or try to drink it."

The water company says it will continue to work with state health officials and ORSANCO to monitor the slurry along the Ohio River.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Walkers Welcome At Charleston Distance Run
News
Jul. 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT
People don’t have to run away from the idea of participating ...
Full News Story

Casey, Mooney Talk Business Policy At Forum
News
Jul. 24, 2014 3:45 PM EDT
Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney say ...
Full News Story

Suspect In West Side Murder Waives Preliminary Hearing
News
Jul. 24, 2014 3:41 PM EDT
The suspect in the murder of a Charleston woman waived ...
Full News Story


News U.S. Issues 186 Mining Citations In June
Jul. 24, 2014 3:13 PM EDT
News Deputies Say Juvenile B&E Suspects Arrested Clad In Their Underwear
Jul. 24, 2014 3:30 PM EDT
News Wisconsin Better Business Bureau Issues Warning About Dirty Girl Run
Jul. 24, 2014 3:07 PM EDT
News Free Basketball Camp Concludes At Community Center
Jul. 24, 2014 1:53 PM EDT
News WV Capitol Police Officer Kills Copperhead On Capitol Grounds
Jul. 24, 2014 1:07 PM EDT
News MU To Paint The Capital City Green
Jul. 24, 2014 12:32 PM EDT
News New Work Requirement Coming For Healthy People Who Receive Food Stamps
Jul. 24, 2014 1:02 PM EDT
News WV Organizations To Push For Anti-Cancer Vaccines
Jul. 24, 2014 10:49 AM EDT
News Ukrainian Prime Minister Resigns
Jul. 24, 2014 11:54 AM EDT
News France's Foreign Minister Says Missing Air Algerie Flight "Probably Crashed"
Jul. 24, 2014 11:02 AM EDT
News More Than 8,000 WV Consumers Receiving Refunds
Jul. 24, 2014 10:46 AM EDT
News Process Slow For Picking Huntington Police Chief
Jul. 24, 2014 10:11 AM EDT
News Three Face Charges After Woman Claims She Was Robbed With Sawed-Off Shotgun
Jul. 24, 2014 12:29 PM EDT
News WV Capital Region Takes Aim At Heroin
Jul. 24, 2014 9:37 AM EDT
News WV Plans Vigil Seeking Gaza Strip Peace
Jul. 24, 2014 9:34 AM EDT
News Man Arrested After Police Find Mobile Meth Lab
Jul. 24, 2014 11:32 AM EDT
News GM Issues Recalls For More Than 700,000 Vehicles
Jul. 24, 2014 8:57 AM EDT
News Push America Rolls Through Capital City
Jul. 24, 2014 8:59 AM EDT
News WV Healthy Kids Host Thursday Workshop
Jul. 24, 2014 8:19 AM EDT
News WV Man Sues GM Over Wife's Crash Death
Jul. 24, 2014 7:56 AM EDT
News Man Arrested, Accused Of Kicking Pregnant Girlfriend In Stomach
Jul. 24, 2014 8:46 AM EDT
News Class-Action Suit Filed Against Dirty Girl Mud Run Owners, After Refunds Refused
Jul. 24, 2014 9:15 AM EDT
News Man Charged After Police Say He Exposed Himself To Two Girls
Jul. 24, 2014 11:46 AM EDT
News Rescue Group Nursing Severely Injured Cat Back To Health
Jul. 24, 2014 11:53 AM EDT
News Two Arrested, Two Sought In Connection With Gallia Break-Ins
Jul. 23, 2014 11:26 PM EDT
News Driver Killed In Braxton Motorcycle Crash
Jul. 23, 2014 11:30 PM EDT
News Police Say Two Arrested After Breaking Into Condemned Meth House
Jul. 24, 2014 8:31 AM EDT
News School Boards Discuss Sharing Services
Jul. 23, 2014 11:28 PM EDT
News Library Seeks Public's Input
Jul. 23, 2014 11:28 PM EDT
News Preparations Under Way For Girls Night Out
Jul. 23, 2014 9:46 PM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
US issues 186 mining citations in June

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says inspectors issued 186 citations at 13 U.S. mining operations in June.
Full Story

Kentucky News
US issues 186 mining citations in June

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says inspectors issued 186 citations at 13 U.S. mining operations in June.
Full Story

Ohio News
Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

An influential federal appeals court judge says the nation's third lethal injection execution in six months to go awry underscores his call to bring back firing squads.
Full Story







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.