A West Virginia state Senator made a statement about the quality of his constituents’ drinking water by drinking a bottle of what he called ‘coal slurry’ on the Senate floor.
Senator Randy White (D-Webster) introduced a bill on the senate floor that limits coal slurry sites from making changes to their permits until the Department of Environmental Protection releases its findings on whether the ground water in these areas is safe to drink.
Right now, there are 15 active coal slurry sights, according to White. This is where coal companies can inject coal slurry, the liquid and solid waste left over from the mining and preparation process, in abandoned underground mines.
White says he drank the 12 ounces of liquid Thursday to make a statement.
The senator tells WSAZ.com he wants other lawmakers to realize there are health concerns when it comes to drinking coal slurry water. He says lawmakers are elected to protect their constituents’ health and they need to be held accountable to make sure they’re doing just that.
This video is from WSAZ, broadcast Mar. 12, 2009.