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Area EMA Directors Say They’re Ready

January 11, 2014

WHEELING — If a chemical spill happened on the Ohio River, the city of Wheeling’s intake valves would be closed as soon as possible, a city official said....

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Jan-12-14 6:41 AM

tbet,so you notice how company owners and politicians are all related to sgt.shultz.i know'll be the excuse of the bosses out there pay attention.we the commoners are on to you people and your weak excuses.just waiting to see if the government has any balls here.

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Jan-11-14 11:45 PM

Anyone else looking for some real investigative reporting? This is lazy, we all know before we even read the article what the company and city officials are going to say. Truth is most times by the time they discovering a slow leak, it is too late and like Charleston it is all about cleanup. As for self reporting, that is only if they think they will be caught.

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Jan-11-14 9:33 PM

theshot, Do you have a chemical detection system in mind that will monitor the Ohio river?

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Jan-11-14 9:11 PM

"Shut the water intake valves" When was the last time the valves were cycled? Do the valves even seal tight.. What about a chemical detection system up stream of the intake valves...

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Jan-11-14 2:09 PM

I truly do not understand all of the agencies, city officials, GreenHunter protesters when there is a water stream that is located just north of 23rd street in Warwood that is very polluted. The polluted stream is just south of the proposed GreenHunter site. Everybody has to have seen this orange stream with no fish and etc. Is this safe for our children?

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Jan-11-14 9:23 AM

goodwine, the FACT is that most spills are self-reported. But your paranoia suits you... LOL

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Jan-11-14 9:17 AM

It would be too late before anyone knew GreenHunter had a leak, they mislead on everything they do, do you really think they are going to call the city offices and say"oh we have a chemical leak"? No we will not know until someone smells it or gets sick.

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Jan-11-14 9:10 AM

In an ideal world, this plan just *might* work. Unfortunately, and this current crisis is no exception, these fossil fuel extractive industries do NOT self report, nor do they self regulate. It took residents complaining of stench for days before the EPA came in and tested and found the contamination. They then told the company, who claimed to know nothing about it. Remember the fire this past summer? It took a police officer who just happened to be driving by to report that fire, not the company. Sure, the plan is to close the intake valves *immediately*, but immediately is a relative term for these polluters. The concerns of an educated public have been validated.

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Jan-11-14 8:26 AM

The thing is, it could be 12 hours before anyone knows. There should be a sensor on the intake valve to indicate a potential threat which triggers automatic valve closure.

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Jan-11-14 8:14 AM

I'm sure that "emergency" kit sales will increase in WV for a month or two.

People have a lot of resources including water that can be used in a "do not" use the water situation. I'm thinking of writing a brochure (produced with grant money) and sell it to the peeps for $5 explaining what they already have in the house for emergencies!

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Jan-11-14 7:47 AM

Choker, I suppose your better idea would be to leave the intake valves open? Derrrrr......

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