Charleston, Kanawha Valley discussed on C-SPAN2 Book TV

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Town so it's one of our most population dense areas so Charleston in the Kanawha valley has been coined as chemical valley because there's been a lot a large scale chemical plants along the Kanawha river it's one advantage that big river systems bring is that they can you know they're they can accommodate the types of needs that big manufacturing companies need so several chemical manufacturing plants have been along the canal and in the Charleston area for for years we see these chemical storage tanks dotted along our landscaper along our rivers is just something that we're used to you know I've I've driven by those tanks on a daily weekly basis and you know it never occurred to me I thought I didn't know what was happening there they looked old they looked rusty frankly I thought it was probably just a retired ten farm and not much was happening there little did I know there were this these very dangerous chemicals being stored there and tanks that were not being maintained and we're not being inspected and the the the corrosion there was a hole in the bottom of the tank three ninety six with it the the chemical and see HM leaked out leaked into the soil there there was not secondary containment away to contain the spill fluid so it was just moving right into the Elk River you know possibly for days another proclamation that I've seen is around ten thousand gallons eventually leaked out of that tank M. C. H. M. is a coal cleaning chemical so it is associated with the process to clean coal so it can be used for production for burning whatever whatever whatever it's being used for so it was being stored there on the Elk River just a mile and a half upstream from the largest drinking water system in West Virginia right at what rate upstream from the intake what had been discovered and and it was through a citizen complaints because this chemical in C. HM had an odor to it smelled like licorice had a sweet smell and people near those tanks and driving by had picked up on the smell and reported that that led eventually to the company reporting the leak to state authorities and that put in motion I think some somehow the water company learned about it and took it this made decisions based on the information they had and by the time and one of the decisions they made was to not close the intakes but to keep to try to handle the chemical and treat it to a safe level well that didn't that didn't work and instead of people had this chemical coming out of their taps out of their showers and were exposed to it and that led to this cascade of events them the most common thing people were experiencing in were skin irritations and rashes a lot of reports and headaches and just kind of flu like symptoms people just weren't feeling well dizziness headaches nausea diarrhea it it was a a wide range but when you can actually see the rashes and know that that was after I touch that water it was a pretty strong connection and there the health departments were trying to collect data around the range of symptoms and about one in three people reported experiencing some kind of physical symptoms due to the exposure to the chemical the chemical once it leaked into the Elk River was treated as a a plume that was being tracked they can they know how fast rivers in water travels so they watch this plume of MC HM because there was no real way to clean it up or take it out of the river there was some containment that what they were trying to do but it was largely unsuccessful it's too late and so the next place they were worried about was Huntington West Virginia because the can off was down there and that's a drinking water supply or Huntington went on to Cincinnati global I mean all of these water companies I believe shot their intake down to let that plume go by so it affected it it it it shows what we know to be true that water flows downstream and that we're all connected by this and what happens upstream in West Virginia because we are a mountain state were ahead water state were eating all of these major river systems that millions of people rely on for their drinking water that it really matters what happens in West Virginia the company that owned the leaking chemical tank was freedom industries it didn't take long until we saw that company filed for bankruptcy protection and it it became clear pretty quickly that this company was stepping out stepping out of their accountability even though there were some court cases that followed that the bankruptcy at in terms of of monetary operations that that just wasn't going to be available which you know front front of a whole set of other questions of how is this company operated so irresponsibly for so long where was the oversight I mean they were clearly a bad actor in our community and had a history of kind of shady things going on so the fact that those tanks were and where that was three ninety six wasn't the only tank that was in bad shape that that tank farm you know had been neglected for so long was something I think people found unbelievable how would how that could have happened and why why wasn't that caught in some way by regulators or or oversight mechanisms that we should have a place and and that question led to a whole other the set of questions around is our state committed to oversight and regulation because in a place like West Virginia Charleston where we have the chemical industry we we have the coal industry oil and gas who are saying regulation or over regulation impedes our profitability or impedes our ability to bring in new jobs you get this argument which I think is a false choice that we have to choose between what weakening regulation so we can bring in more jobs but what we're doing and what was brought to light by freedom industries situation is that when we loosen regulations were making ourselves more vulnerable to these kind of disasters so you have to you have we have to do both we have regulations are actually there to protect and they're there for good reason and that there are companies who are doing things right following the law and then there are companies like freedom industries who weren't but where where is the enforcement and oversight I think is with the whole situation brought to light away I mean it was the first time I think people realize where they're drinking water comes and had made that connection this comes from the river and I heard that around the state it really was an awakening not for West Virginia really for the nation we're vulnerable and that we're still vulnerable is you Rosser I'm afraid of that water our look at some of the highlights Mar twenty nineteen C. span's city store concludes as we visit Sheridan Wyoming there's no place better to be the second week in July one only we put on a world class the man would just let me know what you all to come to Tom ring Lee of the Sheraton times discussing the history of the Sheraton rodeo he for what this week is a big this week sure economically and I because eighty nine years ago shared wars that as a door nail there was absolutely nothing going on so some citizens decided we needed to have a a rodeo to provide some economic growth opportunity and entertainment and that was our charter it is still is so here we are in the nine years later still in doing the same thing and we help the founding fathers and be proud of that nineteen twenty eight twenty nine a wealthy financier family name JP Morgan they bought the historic PK rain showers town and for two years I had a big rodeo out in the fields it was just a big deal I mean I think there were cars in twenty three states this is in nineteen twenty eight came to it so this this is Sherin said well if they can do it why can't we do it here so a group of concerned citizens got together and formed a committee and they decided to we're gonna have a rodeo they didn't just start out on a small scale they they wanted to have a big professional rodeo gecko and they put it all together in nineteen thirty one they had their first professional rodeo insured wildly here we are today a rodeo is notice eight events different stock events from bucking horses livestock roping steer wrestling is kind of the old cowboys skills brought to the modern day area but you know it all started out all the see some rain so where they had a contest to some bucking horses we are rodeo which means were one of the top thirty rodeos in America and and that's determined by the amount of prize money that yet for your men are rodeo competitors come from all over the United States it was interesting we had people from Louisiana Michigan Wisconsin inter today obviously a lot of the rodeo contestants are from Texas Oklahoma Wyoming certainly has a lot rodeo contestants last year though in terms of our rodeo we had people registered for a rodeo to watch a rodeo from forty nine of the fifty states in America and they it we're gonna get Delaware this year I'm just pretty sure but we had people from all over the United States here forty nine of fifty are rodeo stock the rough stock that we have come from thank you pro rodeo with his in Joliet Montana and they subcontract some of the other stock out too but they've been a long time I think they've been with our radio for about twenty three years some of the very best in the business and our job as as from thank you rodeos we provide all the livestock rodeos across the country that includes everything from the kind of a cattle to the bucking horses we've got sixty four forces of ours that we brought we least fifteen horses from north caught marks a rodeo company out of Canada for the tie down roping we have one hundred head of animals for the steer wrestling team roping we have a hundred head of each of those animals as well the animals that are involved in the rodeo particularly the animals in the rough documents that's what they're born today and they're born to these are these are animals that are trained to do that it's what they're born to do and if you think about it they spend most of their life in a past your eating hay and they and they actually work eight seconds a day twenty times a year and that's their job and very truthfully the P. R. C. A. enough particularly we put animal welfare first and foremost in we we really believe in the welfare of the animals and we take the very best that we can these guys are Brady Anil athletes it's not like a how it's not like if the animal their bread totally different they're bred to be an athlete no different in the horses are.

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