New Data Says Huge West Virginia Chemical Spill May Have Been More Toxic Than Reported

The mysterious chemical that tainted drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians this past January may have been more toxic than what was previously reported, according to new federally funded research released this afternoon.

We want to change the way the world tests water.

Dear Water Defenders,

I recently attended a meeting for Executive Directors on Cape Cod. There were almost thirty organizations devoted to water quality represented at the meeting, and we were there to brainstorm ways that we can break down any existing barriers between our orgs and work together.

Lynchburg, VA Test Results

We just got the results back from the lab from our testing of the James river bank in Lynchburg, VA and we have found high concentrations of Metals, SVOC's, and VOC's in the river bank.

What’s Coming out of WV Spigots?

West Virginians are being served an untested and unidentified chemical cocktail with a dose of misinformation, half-truths and lies of omission on the side.  We deserve answers to our questions.

The first point of concern is the misleading use of the term MCHM as a substitute for Crude MCHM, deceptively masking the fact that it was not one pollutant, but a mixture of chemicals which were actually “spilled”.  This is an important distinction because of the negative accumulative effect that multiple simultaneous chemical exposures are known to have on human health.

Mark Ruffalo & Scott Smith Speak at MA State House

Water Defense visited the MA State House at the invitation of Brian Mannal (MA State Rep) to discuss the collaboration with Cape Cod Community College and the proposed amendment for funding for Cape Cod water testing.

LA gets the frack out of town

This month, Los Angeles became the largest city in the country to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as it’s commonly known, until authorities can determine that the practice does not pose health and safety risks to the community. The Los Angeles City Council leapt into action and quickly issued a new rule change to the local land-use laws that prohibits fracking. The vote also opens up a window of hope for a larger, state-wide fracking ban across California.

North Dakota test results indicate more exploding rail cars is likely

Bakken crude extraction in the North Dakota oil fields is in overdrive, with an estimated 8 million barrels produced per day, which is then typically transported to its eventual destination by rail. According to Bloomberg, 66 million barrels of oil were carried by trains in the third quarter of 2013 alone – nearly 900 percent more than the entirety of 2008.

A Letter of Thanks to Cape Cod Students

Dear students of Cape Cod Community College and Barnstable High School,

Thanks so much for your hospitality this week and allowing us to present our mission to test, monitor and clean Cape waters for future generations to enjoy. We look forward to working with you to further our initiative and create new water contamination protocols to eventually be implemented nationwide.

Aging infrastructure spells disaster for U.S. waterways

Long gone are the days when a lucky guy could literally shoot himself into an oil fortune, a la Jed Clampett in the Beverly Hillbillies. This concentrated mixture of carbon and oil close to the Earth’s surface was easily accessible and non-explosive. But we quickly depleted this resource and began digging deeper and deeper into the Earth’s crust to satisfy our energy demands, exposing our environment to toxic and dangerous chemicals that exist 3,000 to 11,000 feet below the surface. This alone should be enough to get anyone’s blood boiling, and the current state of aging U.S.

Charleston, W.Va. Residents Have Reason for Concern: Heavy Metals in the Water

At this week’s press conference regarding the MCHM spill in West Virginia’s Elk River, the media raised concerns that the drinking water in the area still has a suspicious taste and smell. Although officials have deemed the water safe, the community is asking for in-home water testing to confirm the chemical is not lingering in or reacting to water pipes and other plumbing fixtures.

To address this concern, Water Defense ran more tests and found reasons for Charleston residents to be concerned. Here are the results from our heavy metal testing:

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