In year 2000 one of these dams breached in KY, flooding the community of Buffalo Creek with more than 300 million gallons of toxic sludge. 150 people died, 1,100 were injured, and over 4,000 left homeless. This is more than 30 times the size of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, yet did you ever hear about this? EPA called it the worst environmental disaster in the southeast ever.
Economically devastating for communities, as it is a job that only needs 9 people to accomplish.
[can you tell I've had to memorize this for presentations to classes?]
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Here are the photos from my visit to the Coal River Valley:
Larry Gibson, life-time resident and activist, is the last person who lives in his hollow on Kayford Mnt. Larry explains to us what we are about to see. Notice the sign and clearing behind him--this is a 800 foot drop off in his back yard (only stopped there because of his family cemetary).