WV Chemical Spill Highlights Risk of Fossil Fuels to Drinking Water Supplies

Perhaps the scariest thing about the West Virginia disaster is that it's not an aberration, and certainly not limited to one particular fossil fuel or one particular geographic area. Instead, the contamination of public drinking water supplies has happened before, and almost certainly will happen again, as long as we continue to rely heavily on fossil fuels.
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Toxic Coal Ash and Fracking Wastewater Used to De-Ice Roads

To sum up: hazardous materials from both coal production and from "fracking" are being used on roads to help melt ice and snow. Of course, when the snow melts and the toxic-laden water runs off, it ends up in streams, rivers...and quite possibly our drinking water supplies. Does that sounds like a smart idea to anyone other than the fossil fuel industry? No, we didn't think so.
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New Republic: “Mayflower spill should alarm communities along Keystone’s proposed route.”

The bottom line is that there's every reason to believe this same type of accident will happen again (and again...and again) if Keystone XL is built. Unless, that is, you trust ExxonMobil, the same company which "took a calculated risk" for which "the residents of Mayflower are paying the price," and for which the company was forced to pay a miniscule fine of ".0003 percent of the company’s $7.8 billion profit in just the third quarter of 2013." As if that's going to deter ExxonMobil in any way from doing the same thing in the future.
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