Kanawha County Mom Voices Outrage Over Slurry Spill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A local mother is speaking out about the coal slurry spill in Winifrede earlier this week.

"Everyone in West Virginia should be outraged about this," Jacqueline Bevan said.

Bevan is fired up about what happened this week in Kanawha County after 108,000 gallons of slurry leaked from Patriot Coal's Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant.

"We think, because we're not drinking this, that it's not going to affect us in our water," Bevan said. "It's going to affect our wildlife, aquatic life. It's going to affect our banks. This is going to be on every little living creature."

"And if you think this doesn't affect this state in the long run," Bevan said, "then you are surely mistaken. Because those are the things that people are coming here for."

Bevan has started her own Facebook group: West Virginia Moms for "SAFE" Water. The page has already picked up nearly 1,000 likes, but what Bevan would like most is to not have to worry about another spill in our local waterways.

"That's the sad part," Bevan said. "We're used to this. We just say, 'oh it's a coal slurry.' I think what we're just asking is if you're going to do business here, you do it responsibly. You do it with accountability."

"We have to hold these companies responsible, and say were no longer going to take this as acceptable," Bevan said.

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