WV Citizens Action Group says “No Special Session” on Chemical Storage Tanks

by Duane Nichols on August 28, 2014

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Tell Governor Tomblin & Legislative Leaders: “Don’t Delay Public Safety. No Special Session.”


From WV-Citizens Action Group, Charleston, WV, August 28, 2014

WV-Citizens Action Group and allied organizations are asking everyone to call Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Governor (304-558-2000), Senate President Jeff Kessler (304-357-7801) and House Speaker Miley (304-340-3210) to let them know that the public does NOT want to delay the implementation of Senate Bill 373, for the registration and inspection of chemical storage tanks in WV.

SB 373 was passed in response to the Freedom Industries chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water of more than 300,000 West Virginians. It was strenuously negotiated, passed both houses unanimously to overwhelming public support and was lauded by the Governor. Interim guidelines for inspection have been available through the WV Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) website for months. There should be a delay now.

Legislative leaders argue that the delay is needed to prevent “uncertainty [for] affected industries and the families that rely on them for employment.” However, the spill cost businesses $61 million according to a preliminary economic impact study. Small businesses such as medical offices, restaurants, hotels, and retail stores that need clean water to operate, the families that rely on them for employment, and others affected by the spill also need certainty and assurances that another disaster like this won’t happen again.

You can call Governor Tomblin, Senate President Kessler and Speaker Miley and tell them, “Don’t delay public safety. Don’t water down the water bill.”


P.S. The storage tanks used by the oil and gas industry are also located near streams and rivers, above farm land and overlooking residences. These need to be registered and inspected. The Lisby pad had a storage tank explode just months ago. This contaminated the local farm field with runoff into Big Run of Indian Creek where the water flowed thru Middle Island Creek and on to the water intake for Middlebourne, WV.  Our homes, fields, streams, and drinking water need to be fully protected!

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin:  Contact information here.

Senate President Jeff Kessler, 304-357-7801, jeff.kessler@wvsenate.gov

House Speaker Tim Miley, 304-340-3210, tim.miley@wvhouse.gov

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