Wal-Mart Seeks Police Protection While Stocking Water in Crisis-Stricken West Virginia

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AP Photo/Charleston Daily Mail, Bob Wojcieszak

Things are really bad in West Virginia right now.  If you haven’t heard, there’s been a chemical spill that’s contaminated the drinking water for nine counties in western West Virginia and impacted approximately 300,000 people.

About 5,000 gallons of a chemical used by the coal industry to wash coal of impurities spilt into the Elk River, which then contaminated the water source thousands of people rely on.

Since this was discovered, people in the impacted area have been told not to use their water in any way other than flushing the toilet.

Just imagine that for a moment.  Not being able to take a shower, drink tap water, wash your hands, cook — do anything with the running water most of us take for granted every single day.

This, of course, has caused a panic in these areas leading to citizens rushing to stores to stock up on bottled water.

Granted, FEMA has been doing its best to bring in water trucks to help people whose lives have been impacted by this disaster, but no amount of tanker water or bottled water will be able to replace the convenience of basic tap water.

That being said, it goes without saying that tensions are high in the area when it comes to the availability of any water, particularly bottled water.  Well, this apparently prompted Wal-Mart to call local law enforcement authorities prior to the arrival of a truckload of bottled water to restock store shelves, to seek armed officers to guard employees while they restocked their shelves.

I honestly can’t even imagine what life must be like in these counties impacted by this spill.

As this situation unfolds, many questions will have to be answered.  Possibly the biggest one being why did people know about this spill Thursday morning, yet the public wasn’t notified until that evening?  This left thousands of residents consuming water contaminated with a dangerous chemical, many of them becoming very ill.

There is some good news.  Officials are saying that tests show the chemical concentration in the area’s drinking water is becoming more diluted   West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General James Hoyer said, “There has been a reduction in the concentration in the water from two parts per million to 1.7 parts per million.  The CDC says one part per million would be an acceptable level. Point-one would be the level there they would not notice any smell or taste difference.”

So while news is better, it’s clear that this situation is still a long way off from being completely resolved.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Sandbur

    Rather police protection for Walmart stocking clerks, Walmart should be giving it away in the parking lot directly from the trucks. Like it won’t bankrupt Walmart.

  • Gabriel Gentile

    A local news channel covered this story on their website. First comment; “I’d rather drink stump water than Obamawater!”

    Seriously, do we even WANT to save these people’s lives?

    • EllisJ16 .

      but that is one person.

      • Gabriel Gentile

        Okay, allow me to rephrase;

        “Seriously, do we even WANT to save the lives of the people of who’s sentiment this one individual represents?”

        Better? 🙂

    • Charles Vincent

      “Seriously, do we even WANT to save these people’s lives?”
      We should take you seriously why? Grow the hell up cause maybe next time it will be your ass that’s in a bind and you need help bud. I pity people like you cause after reading what you just wrote I wouldn’t waste the piss it would take to put you out if you were on fire.

      • Gabriel Gentile

        So you’d rather allow people who are stupid and petty enough to allow themselves to die of dehydration over a differing political opinion or (just as likely) a differing skin-tone to continue living and likely reproduce than me?

        Well… You get the future you make, pal. Good luck.

      • Charles Vincent

        “So you’d rather allow people who are stupid and petty enough to allow
        themselves to die of dehydration over a differing political opinion or
        (just as likely) a differing skin-tone to continue living and likely
        reproduce than me?”
        Hmm the only stupid I see here is you. Did you ever consider that they just dont want a handout? I can’t stand Obama I happen to think he is not only the biggest lying piece of crap on the planet and also the stupidest person I have seen in a long time but you can bet your bottom dollar if he was in a bad situation I would try to help, and that sir is the difference between me and you I may not like someone but I sure wouldn’t let them perish over something as stupid as what you posted in either post here you should be ashamed of yourself and people should disassociate themselves with you. The Founders of this country were ready to die over a differing political opinion FYI.

      • Gabriel Gentile

        “Did you ever consider that they just dont want a handout?”

        Wait… Wait…
        A chemical spill has rendered your local water supply not only undrinkable but unfit to even use to bathe yourself…
        And you consider offerings of clean, drinkable water to be a “hand-out” because the source of said offering is the federal government?
        And in this particular case, that ISN’T even a PARABLE!

        “and that sir is the difference between me and you I may not like someone but I sure wouldn’t let them perish over something as stupid as what you posted in either post here you should be ashamed of yourself and people should disassociate themselves with you”

        And if they were pig-ignorant enough to refuse said help because they had a problem with the guy in charge of the organization offering said help, what would you do? Would you grant them their God-given right to die in liberty like a true patriot, or would you grind them under the heel of oppression and continue to provide them with your dirty, socialist, secret Muslim water?

      • Charles Vincent

        And Here is your sign asshat. I would respect their decision and I sure wouldn’t force the situation and I sure wouldn’t post a why let these stupid idiots live post like you have. Secondly its not MY dirty anything I think you are projecting. Third if they didn’t want a Hand out maybe helping them purify the water is something they might like more.

      • Gabriel Gentile

        So you WOULD let them die, you just wouldn’t TALK about it.

        Clearly a world of difference, forgive my shortsightedness.

      • Charles Vincent

        Clearly you missed this from my last reply “Third if they didn’t want a Hand out maybe helping them purify the water is something they might like more.”

      • Gabriel Gentile

        Okay. Now that you’ve stopped with the name-calling maybe we can find a middle-ground here…

        They’ve made it clear that they don’t want to use water provided them by federal rescue efforts “because Obama”. So, this brings up two questions…

        1. Who’s going to provide cleanup/purification efforts?
        2. What are they going to drink and use to bathe themselves with in the meantime… Mountain Dew?

      • Charles Vincent

        Well your original comment was definite asshatery and I called it how I saw it. . As for a solution water up stream from where the spill originated wouldn’t be tainted by the crude MCHM that leaked from the holding tanks that contaminated the water treatment facility a mile down stream from the spill site. It seems to me that a temporary water treatment site set up by the national guard to fill the gap until the treatment plant and piping infrastructure could be decontaminated.

      • Charles Vincent

        You cannot post links in comments they delete them on this site. Its easier for people to accept help from a familiar face than from a stranger this is psych 101.

      • Gabriel Gentile

        Very well, I’ll reiterate without the link;

        Ask the National Guard for help? Not a bad idea. But isn’t the National Guard owned and operated by the federal government? The same federal government who are offering potable water which has been deemed undesirable because it’s a “handout from Obama”?

        That’s been my point from the very beginning. I don’t want to kill anyone, but If you are in a life-threatening situation and are too stupid and/or proud to accept life-saving help from an organization because you happen to dislike the particular individual heading the organization at the present time…

        Don’t expect me to shed tears over your sorry ass.

        Now, assuming the above was your response; Is what you’re suggesting that the people of West Virginia are more intimately familiar with members of their National Guard than with members of FEMA? Furthermore, that still doesn’t answer my second question; What are they supposed to drink and bathe with in the meantime?

      • Charles Vincent

        They can get water from above the spill and make it potable all by themselves with a bit of bleach and or by boiling it. As to fixing its turbitity filter the water through a couple coffee filters to remove the particulate matter(Google homemade water-filter). Secondly I would wager that some of the residents in those areas affected are in or have friend/relative in the national guard(the familiar face I mentioned).

      • Gabriel Gentile

        Well, here’s hoping either A) Those who have refused “Obamawater” are smart enough to do that and it proves as effective as you hope or B) They do indeed have friends and/or relatives in the National Guard and haven’t abandoned them for “Serving the communist socialist Nazi atheist Antichrist secret Muslim arugula wharrrgarbl”.

        But I doubt it, and either way… I’ll lose no sleep tonight.

      • Charles Vincent

        Obama is a complete failure as a president. As for “Serving the communist socialist Nazi atheist Antichrist secret Muslim arugula wharrrgarbl”. Well I think your just blowing a lot of smoke.

        “A) Those who have refused “Obamawater” are smart enough to do that and it proves as effective as you hope or B) They do indeed have friends and/or relatives in the National Guard”

        Anyone with an ounce of brain power and an internet connection can purify water.