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.
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.
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:
It’s been nearly a month since the Freedom Industries chemical spill tainted the water supply that services the more than 300,000 residents of Charleston, W.Va., and there is still little information available as to the extent of the damage.
Water Defense Chief Scientist Scott Smith was recently interviewed by the Real News Network on the subject of rail safety surrounding the oil spill and train derailment in Aliceville, Alabama. There were 9,500 cars of oil moved by the rails in 2008, but this year there will be more 400,000, leading to a greater potential for spills like in Aliceville, Alabama. See the video of his two-part interview below:
In 2013, I decided to bring on John Pratt as our Executive Director. After working in the trenches with him for the last four years and seeing what he can do with scarce resources, I decided that he should lead as our director and together we did a little soul searching. We considered the accomplishments of the anti-fracking movement and asked ourselves: what else can we do to bring important scientific truths to the national debate on fracking? The answer: We needed to find state of the art water testing.
State and federal regulators are asleep at the wheel. Fracking remains virtually unregulated in the United States, putting our communities, health and safety at risk. It's time for us to create an energy policy that puts our communities and country ahead of corporate profit.
Donate for North Carolina. Make a donation to support water testing in North Carolina, because the people need to know what's in their water. We will not let this situation go unaddressed or unresolved.