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New Blog Amplifies The Voices Of Prisoners Being Poisoned In West Virginia


(Sent to us from a friend)

I’m sure many of you have heard of West Virginia’s water spill back in January but there’s probably some stories you haven’t heard.

Yes, inmates at the South Central Regional Jail were forced to drink contaminated water, given only between 1-3 8oz bottles of clean water per
day, served food cooked in contaminated water, threatened with medical isolation if they went to the infirmary and punished with isolation when
they demanded clean water by doing a sit in.

At Stories From South Central West Virginia you can read the stories of how the south central regional jail poisoned their inmates, dehydrated them, threw them in solitary, punished them for seeking medical help, denied their medical needs and have continued their oppression of these inmates since the water spill in January in a multitude of ways.

The inmates are seeking long-term medical help and legal representation but most imminently they want their stories heard. Please read the stories of these inmates, friends and family members. Please spread this website and get their stories out.

till every cage is burned,

a friend

North Carolina GOP Pushes Unprecedented Bill to Jail Anyone Who Discloses Fracking Chemicals

frackingchemBy Molly Redden / Mother Jones

As hydraulic fracturing ramps up around the country, so do concerns about its health impacts. These concerns have led 20 states to require the disclosure of industrial chemicals used in the fracking process.

North Carolina isn’t on that list of states yet—and it may be hurtling in the opposite direction.

On Thursday, three Republican state senators introduced a bill that would slap a felony charge on individuals who disclosed confidential information about fracking chemicals. The bill, whose sponsors include a member of Republican party leadership, establishes procedures for fire chiefs and health care providers to obtain chemical information during emergencies. But as the trade publication Energywire noted Friday, individuals who leak information outside of emergency settings could be penalized with fines and several months in prison.

“The felony provision is far stricter than most states’ provisions in terms of the penalty for violating trade secrets,” says Hannah Wiseman, a Florida State University assistant law professor who studies fracking regulations.

The bill also allows companies that own the chemical information to require emergency responders to sign a confidentiality agreement. And it’s not clear what the penalty would be for a health care worker or fire chief who spoke about their experiences with chemical accidents to colleagues. (more…)

The Untold Story Of What Happened At An Overcrowded West Virginia Jail After The Chemical Spill

wvu_prison_water_cover2-972x612From Climate Progress

When roughly 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked into a West Virginia watershed this January, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency. Officials shut down schools, deployed the National Guard, and rallied volunteers to bring water and support to the 300,000 people without potable water.

But in the state’s emergency response, there was one group that many forgot: the 429 prisoners locked in Charleston’s overcrowded jail, who were entirely dependent on the state to provide them clean water.

The only article that looked at the spill’s impact on inmates was a small, glowing report published two months later in the Charleston Daily Mail. Jail officials trumpeted their success at “protecting” inmates by providing a “plentiful supply of bottled water.”

Joe DeLong, executive director of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority, told the paper inmates were given eight bottles of water a day and that they had “essentially no access to the contaminated water.” Before the jail returned to using tap water on January 18, DeLong said the jail went through a “very extensive” flushing process that lasted two to three days. They said they weren’t aware of any inmates reporting health problems related to chemical exposure.

In many ways, the jail seemed to be one of the safest places in Charleston after the spill. Except that much of it wasn’t true. (more…)