Patriot Slurry Spill

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On Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, over 100,000 gallons of coal slurry leaked into Fields Creek from Patriot Coal's Kanawha Eagle Operation, located in eastern Kanawha County. The spill occurred when a valve broke and caused an eight-inch slurry line to rupture. The slurry line sat between the preparation plant and Patriot Coal's refuse impoundment. The spill started between 2:30 and 5:30 am and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection  (DEP) was not called until 7:40 am. Roughly six miles of Fields Creek, which flows into the Kanwaha River, were blackened by the slurry. Testing by the Appalachian Water Watch team showed positive results for crude methylcyclohexane methanol, iron, aluminum, arsenic, lead, selenium and chromium.

 
Patriot's Kanawha Eagle processing plant (photo-B ing maps)
Patriot's Kanawha Eagle processing plant (photo from Bing maps)
Patriot's New West Hollow slurry impoundments (photo- Bing maps)
Patriot's New West Hollow slurry impoundments (photo- Bing maps)












West Virginia DEP Consent Order to Kanawha Eagle

2014-06-11 21:41:01

On May 29th, 2014, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued a Consent Order, including a total of $72,245 fines, to the Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant, following the spill earlier this year. Below are the Consent Order and the press release:

Kanawha Eagle Consent Order

Kanawha Eagle Consent Order

Kanawha Eagle Consent Order

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WVDEP Patriot Spill MCHM Sample Results

2014-02-18 18:04:01

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection released a statement saying that MCHM was at non-detect levels, or lower than 5 parts per billion(ppb),  at five locations: three on Field’s Creek and two on the Kanawha River.  These tests were conducted after 108,000 gallons of coal slurry spilled in Field’s Creek from Patriot’s Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant on Tuesday, February 11.

To read the full statement, click here.


EnviroFloc CF-1 Material Safety Data Sheet

2014-02-17 18:30:51

On Wednesday, February 12th, the day after Patriot’s coal slurry spill into Field’s Creek, the Appalachian Water Watch team came across a series of large plastic containers holding a liquid chemical.  These containers all held a liquid chemical called EnviroFloc CF-1. This flocculent was being slowly released into the creek at several different points.  We found the Material Safety Data Sheet online and are posting it here.

EnviroFloc CF-1 Material Safety Data Sheet

EnviroFloc CF-1 Material Safety Data Sheet


Patriot Slurry Spill

2014-02-12 12:19:00
Incident ID 1472
Date2014-02-12 12:19:00
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Incident Description: Observations and testing from the day after the Patriot slurry spill. Crews were working in multiple points on the creek, building sediment structures and treating with EnviroFloc - a floculant to bind some of the contaminants.

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Patriot Slurry Spill

2014-02-12 12:00:00
Incident ID 1466
Date2014-02-12 12:00:00
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Incident Description: Observations and testing from the day after the Patriot slurry spill. Crews were working in multiple points on the creek, building sediment structures and treating with EnviroFloc - a floculant to bind some of the contaminants.

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Patriot Slurry Spill

2014-02-12 12:00:00
Incident ID 1468
Date2014-02-12 12:00:00
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Incident Description: Observations and testing from the day after the Patriot slurry spill. Crews were working in multiple points on the creek, building sediment structures and treating with EnviroFloc - a floculant to bind some of the contaminants.

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MCHM Testing from Patriot Slurry Spill

2014-02-11 19:28:00
Incident ID 1461
Date2014-02-11 19:28:00
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Incident Description: Testing for total suspended solids and 4-methylcyclohexane methanol on Fields Creek, just before it enters the Kanawha.

Testing Results

ParameterValue
4-methylcyclohexane methanol46 ug/L
Total Suspended Solids260 mg/L
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TSS Results from Patriot Slurry Spill

2014-02-11 19:10:00
Incident ID 1459
Date2014-02-11 19:10:00
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Incident Description: Collecting a sample to be analyzed for total suspended solids (TSS). Testing just downstream of Patriot prep plant entrance. Flow is now lower and water is much less turbid than earlier in the afternoon.

Testing Results

ParameterValue
Total Suspended Solids94 mg/L
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Patriot Slurry Spill

2014-02-11 16:00:00
Incident ID 1394
Date2014-02-11 16:00:00
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Incident Description: Testing creek just downstream of Patriot prep plant. The creek leaves the property under the county road, through a large concrete culvert, where it meets a second stream. Testing just above the confluence. The conductivity of the unaffected stream was 391.1 μS/cm, while the conductivity of the impacted stream was 1016 μS/cm. The pH was very similar in both, and within normal range. Collected grab samples for metals, total suspended solids, and volatile organic compound analysis.

Testing Results

ParameterValue
conductivity1016 μS/cm
pH7.67
temperature41°F
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Patriot Slurry Spill

2014-02-11 15:18:00
Incident ID 1391
Date2014-02-11 15:18:00
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Incident Description: Testing Fields Creek where Maccorkle Ave crosses creek. Water is very turbid, dark grey/black color. Flow approximately 20 cfs. Collected samples to be analyzed for metals, TSS. Check back for results.

Testing Results

ParameterValue
conductivity368.5 μS/cm
pH7.54
temperature39°F
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Blackwater Spill

2014-02-11 11:59:00
Incident ID 1295
Date2014-02-11 11:59:00
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Incident Description: There is a coal slurry spill from the New West Hollow coal slurry impoundment at Patriot Coal's Kanawha Eagle operation. See Article: 'Significant' coal slurry spill blackens Kanawha County creek http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201402110032

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