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    Energy Execs Don't Leak On Themselves


    Who do they leak on? The news has been shining a great big spotlight on just who energy execs leak their coal ash contaminants on. Not the big shot energy execs, but their own customers living in the vicinity of their power plant coal ash waste ponds. Customers making them rich using their energy – while drinking water from their ash-contaminated wells.


    But there has been no evidence or statement that company executives and their families also had to endure the contamination or drink the water there. Headquarters of the power company causing 2 major coal ash leaks is in Charlotte, 197.8 miles from their leak near Wilmington NC and 128.7 miles from their leak in Eden NC.


    And residents in a posh suburb north of Calgary, Alberta, where a lot of energy executives live, do not want drilling for gas, called fracking, next to their homes. Apparently it is acceptable for others to live with flares, truck traffic, 24-hour noise, methane in the air and water contamination accidents — but not for their families.


    In North Carolina, coal ash basins are not even lined to help restrict leaching. They are holes in the ground that cannot contain the heavy-metal particles which seep into the groundwater. Massive coal ash groundwater contamination has poisoned the wells of people near Wilmington NC. Authorities demanded no one ever use 17 square miles of groundwater near the power plant’s dump site. Waste particles present are arsenic, boron, cadmium, chloride, chromium, iron, lead, manganese and sulfate.


    The NC State Department of Environment and Natural Resources also ordered the power company to stop the flow of contaminated water coming out a pipe that runs under a huge coal ash dump at its Eden power plant. A nearby pipe at the same dump collapsed earlier, coating the bottom of the Dan River with toxic ash as far as 70 miles downstream.


    At least 100,000 customers in nine West Virginia counties were told not to drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes using their tap water because of a chemical spill into the Elk River in Charleston, with the governor declaring a state of emergency for all those areas. The chemical, a foaming agent used in the coal preparation process, leaked from a tank, overran a containment area and went into the river. "Don't make baby formula," authorities said. "Don't brush your teeth. Don't shower. Toilet flushing only."


    How do we all get clean water? Before giving a company a license to build an energy plant, drilling site, chemical and waste products dumps, waste ponds or tanks, and pipelines, make it a law that top company execs must live in close proximity. How many safety features would they scrimp on for more profit if they and their families did have to live in breathing and drinking distance of their sites?


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