Thursday, February 7, 2013

Bob Kincaid on Mining - The Ground, Water & Air: Poisoned

Excess deaths.
The ground has been poisoned, the water has been poisoned & the air has been poisoned and there is no relief for that once the genie is out of the bottle.

I heard Bob Kincaid on Mike Malloy last night and he was stunning in his knowledge about mining based on his background in the destructive nature of mountain top mining in Appalachia.

Last night he said that Appalachia's mining issues have been ignored across the US because of their reputation of being hillbillies.  Kincaid is proud of his hillbilly background - and he is doing a real service for the rest of the US by being an activist in this area - exposing, not only the environmental issues - but the health and economic issues related to the advancement of mining initiatives.

Bob Kincaid is president of the Coal River Mountain Watch organization in Appalachia and also co-founder of the ACHE (Appalachian Community Health Emergency) Act.

He is knowledgeable - easy to listen to and eloquent.

When I did a search on him this morning I found this radio interview done on a Wisconsin radio program  where he addresses the Penokee Hills mining initiative.  His remarks are  eye-opening and he covers a wealth of information in a 24 minute radio station interview (at the bottom of this entry).

In my opinion - a must listen - well worth your 24 minutes to listen - as the mining issue is being pushed in multiple states across the US (Wi, Mn, Wy, Ut, Ca, Az, Etc ....) .  You can listen while you do something else.

Where Does it Stop?
If not in Appalachia – In Wisconsin? 
If not in Appalachia – In Minnesota? 
When does the safety of our environment and our citizens outweigh the rights of free-market for profit companies?

Are 700 mining jobs in Wisconsin worth 60,000 more cases of cancer in the state?
Are 350 mining jobs in Minnesota worth 60,000 more cases of cancer in the state?
Are 60,000 mining jobs - worth 60,000 more cases of cancer?
How many mining jobs would justify the "needless killing of our citizens"?

Among the 1.2 million American citizens living in mountaintop removal mining counties in central Appalachia, an additional 60,000 cases of cancer are directly linked to the federally sanctioned strip-mining practice.

That is the damning conclusion in a breakthrough study, released last night in the peer-reviewed Journal of Community Health: The Publication for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Led by West Virginia University researcher Dr. Michael Hendryx, among others, the study entitled "Self-Reported Cancer Rates in Two Rural Areas of West Virginia with and Without Mountaintop Coal Mining" drew from a groundbreaking community-based participatory research survey conducted in Boone County, West Virginia in the spring of 2011, which gathered person-level health data from communities directly impacted by mountaintop mining, and compared to communities without mining.

Bottom line: Far from simply being an environmental issue, mountaintop removal is killing American residents.

"This research in the Coal River Valley, along with the recent birth defects research in Appalachia and other peer reviewed science, is providing evidence of the long term effects of human exposure to mountaintop removal," said Coal River Valley resident and coalfield leader Bo Webb, who participated in the study. "Again, I urgently call upon the United States government to intervene and address this health crisis, place an immediate moratorium on mountaintop removal and stop this needless killing of our citizens."


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