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Worst Coal Slurry Spill in American History, who owned the company ? AL GORE (ironic)

 
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Worst Coal Slurry Spill in American History, who owned the company ? AL GORE (ironic)
On Oct. 11, 2000, in Inez, Ky., a town of 500 in the heart of the state's coal fields, a coal-waste reservoir the size of 306 Olympic-size swimming pools sprang a leak. Within six hours, 300 million gallons of thick sludge had flooded out of the Big Branch Refuse Impoundment, a hilltop facility owned by Martin County Coal, and into two tributaries of the Big Sandy River, which courses along the Kentucky-West Virginia border before emptying into the Ohio River.

The gooey mixture of black water and coal tailings traveled downstream through Coldwater and Wolf creeks, and later through the river's main stem, Tug Fork. Ten days later, an inky plume appeared in the Ohio River. On its 75-mile path of destruction, the sludge obliterated wildlife, killed 1.6 million fish, ransacked property, washed away roads and bridges, and contaminated the water systems of 27,623 people. Incredibly, no lives were lost. Even so, the EPA declared the spill the largest environmental catastrophe in the history of the southeastern United States. In fact, the Inez disaster was almost 30 times larger than the infamous Exxon Valdez tanker spill, which dumped 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound.

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Re: Worst Coal Slurry Spill in American History, who owned the company ? AL GORE (ironic)
Thanks OP, for another "Inconvenient Truth".
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Re: Worst Coal Slurry Spill in American History, who owned the company ? AL GORE (ironic)
This is not Ironic - this is TYPICAL.

Stop watching TV, stop Reading the 'News', and for God's sake, stop Voting. You you aren't going to change anything by voting, believe me.

It Doesn't Matter What You Do, or How you Vote in the Existing System.

It is Rotten to the CORE.
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Re: Worst Coal Slurry Spill in American History, who owned the company ? AL GORE (ironic)
you dont suppose this "accident" fuels his new push for global awareness.. or could it be like you he doesnt learn from his mistakes?

guilt can do funny things to people.. most people turn it inward.. (bad)

the lucky turn it outward, and into something good.

just playing devils advocate... so take it how you will
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Re: Worst Coal Slurry Spill in American History, who owned the company ? AL GORE (ironic)
A likely story.

Al Gore may not be a saint, but I doubt he owns coal mines.

My guess is this is another in the endless series of lies told by repugnican PR flacks.

The lies are the least of repugnicunt shit. The vote theft and assassinations are more damaging.

Overcome the vote theft by insisting on paper ballots and publicly witnessed hand counting.

Overcome the assassins by practicing daily with firearms, and staying off airplanes.

Overcome the lies by choosing every bit of information you ingest.

We will dismantle the criminal machine in washington, and put it's principals in prison.
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go get 'em fnord!!! I hate these posts that read like rush limbaughs rantings and lies. Cant wait till bush and company out of office.
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Re: Worst Coal Slurry Spill in American History, who owned the company ? AL GORE (ironic)
: [link to www.wise-uranium.org]

:Martin County Coal Corporation is a subsidiary of A.T.
:Massey Coal Company, Inc., Richmond, VA, which, in turn,
:is a subsidiary of Fluor Corp., Aliso Viejo, California.

PLEASE, show me what part of any of those that Al Gore owns. PLEASE!



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From the article:


But coal executives, threatened by Vice President Al Gore's green background and his pledge to increase taxes on fossil fuels, thought they could get a better deal with the Republicans--when they raised a record $3.8 million dollars for the 2000 federal election, 88 percent went to the GOP. At the annual meeting of the West Virginia Coal Association a few months after Bush's inauguration, the group's director told 150 industry executives, "You did everything you could to elect a Republican president. [Now] you are already seeing in his actions the payback."
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From another article linked by OP:

Although we've still not yet managed to find a clear connection between Al Gore Jr. and A.T. Massey (the owner of Martin County Mining Company) or the parent company, Fluor Corporation, we have learned that the Gore family does have ancestral relations named Massey and there are a lot of Masseys in important government and business positions. In 1983, Bill Clinton nominated to the Federal Energy Commission an Arkansas native named William A. Massey. Walter E. Massey serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller University. (In 1991, President George Bush appointed him as director of the National Science Foundation.)
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Al Gore: No Friend Of The Planet
Not when it comes to putting dollars in his already full pockets.

CARTHAGE, Tenn. - Al Gore has profited from zinc mining that has released millions of pounds of potentially toxic substances near his farmstead, but there is no evidence the mine has caused serious damage to the environment in the area or threatened the health of his neighbors.

Two massive white mountains of leftover rock waste are evidence of three decades of mining that earned Gore more than $500,000 in royalty payments for the mineral rights to his property.

New owners plan to start mining again later this year, after nearly four years of inactivity. In addition to bringing 250 much-needed jobs to rural Middle Tennessee, mine owners will resume paying royalties to some residents who, like Gore, own land adjacent to the mine and lease access to the zinc under their property.

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Re: Worst Coal Slurry Spill in American History, who owned the company ? AL GORE (ironic)
[link to www.usatoday.com]

From article:

Kreider said the terms of the 30-year lease provided the Gores "no legal recourse" even if they had wanted to cancel it. The Gores, she said, would not comment on whether they tried to pursue legal action to void the lease. She said they never considered selling the land.

Kreider said the Gores received $20,000 a year in royalties for 27 years and $10,000 per year in three years.
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Re: Worst Coal Slurry Spill in American History, who owned the company ? AL GORE (ironic)
I guess that would depend on how you define "no legal recourse" then eh?
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Re: Worst Coal Slurry Spill in American History, who owned the company ? AL GORE (ironic)
OP is trying to pull this one out of his ass.



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Re: Worst Coal Slurry Spill in American History, who owned the company ? AL GORE (ironic)
I guess that would depend on how you define "no legal recourse" then eh?
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Yeah I guess it would. One problem I've found is that the original lease started in 1973 and was only for 30 years, so it is no longer in effect which is why the mining stopped in 2003.

From article:

Gore has yet to be approached by the new owner, Strategic Resource Acquisition, said his spokeswoman Kalee Kreider, and he and wife, Tipper, have not decided whether they will renew their lease. It was terminated when the mine closed in 2003.

Last week, Gore sent a letter asking the company to work with Earthworks, a national environmental group, to make sure the operation doesn't damage the environment.

"We would like for you to engage with us in a process to ensure that the mine becomes a global example of environmental best practices," Gore wrote.

The Gores won't speculate on whether they will refuse to renew their lease if the new owners don't follow their request to work with the environmental group, Kreider said. They do plan, she said, to encourage their neighbors to join their effort.

Also to be decided is what to do about the leases on two parcels owned by Albert Gore Sr., which Gore eventually will inherit when his parents' estates are settled.
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Re: Worst Coal Slurry Spill in American History, who owned the company ? AL GORE (ironic)
Get a grip hey may own the company 'the bigot' but he don't do the hard work does he. Someone could of hired or paid someone to cause a 'few mishaps' to tarnish his rep a bit more. So just chill and jump in you 'pollution vechile' and drive down the store.............
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This is great. We can all now support a "kinder gentler" RAPE of the earth. Make no mistake, strip mining is rape.
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Re: Worst Coal Slurry Spill in American History, who owned the company ? AL GORE (ironic)
From another article linked by OP:

Although we've still not yet managed to find a clear connection between Al Gore Jr. and A.T. Massey (the owner of Martin County Mining Company) or the parent company, Fluor Corporation, we have learned that the Gore family does have ancestral relations named Massey and there are a lot of Masseys in important government and business positions. In 1983, Bill Clinton nominated to the Federal Energy Commission an Arkansas native named William A. Massey. Walter E. Massey serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller University. (In 1991, President George Bush appointed him as director of the National Science Foundation.)
 Quoting: nobody 149517


By that "logic", W. Bush owned one of the worst Nazi death camps.
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From another article linked by OP:

Although we've still not yet managed to find a clear connection between Al Gore Jr. and A.T. Massey (the owner of Martin County Mining Company) or the parent company, Fluor Corporation, we have learned that the Gore family does have ancestral relations named Massey and there are a lot of Masseys in important government and business positions. In 1983, Bill Clinton nominated to the Federal Energy Commission an Arkansas native named William A. Massey. Walter E. Massey serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller University. (In 1991, President George Bush appointed him as director of the National Science Foundation.)


By that "logic", W. Bush owned one of the worst Nazi death camps.
 Quoting: Asinine


That's why I posted the quote. To show that the OP said definitively that Gore owned the mine yet his own links said there was no known connection between Gore and the mine.





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