EcoWatch’s Anastasia Pantsios gives a compelling overview of this spill, which might seem ‘small,’ and why it matters. The spill happened late Monday, leading the Coast Guard to close a stretch of the river yesterday. The plant, located near Cincinnati, spilled between 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil, and is owned by Duke Energy. It’s closing soon, but apparently doesn’t want to go without leaving its good neighbors something to remember it by.
8,000 Gallons of Oil Spill Into Ohio River From Duke Energy Coal Plant
By Anastasia Pantsios, EcoWatch. August 19, 2014.
This one’s not a big one in the scheme of things. But to those impacted—especially in Ohio, where algae bloom recently caused the water supplying nearly a half million people in the Toledo area to be undrinkable for several days—it’s bad news. Monday morning, reports the Columbus Dispatch, the Coast Guard closed down a 15-mile length of the Ohio River after Duke Energy’s W.C. Beckjord Station outside Cincinnati dumped approximately 8,000 gallons of oil into the river, according to a Coast Guard estimate.
Ohio-based Sierra Club organizer Neil Waggoner said of Monday’s spill:
This is yet another example of dirty fossil fuels putting us at risk. We pay with our health. We pay for the dangerous cleanup with our tax dollars. At the same time that Duke Energy was spilling oil in our river, it’s also asking the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to bail out its old, polluting coal plants by passing extra costs on to its customers. If utilities in Ohio invested these dollars in clean energy, we could breathe easier, have safe water and power our lives without suffering the dangers of refineries and coal plants.