WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


Winifrede Community Worried About Slurry Spill Into Fields Creek

Reported: Feb. 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 11, 2014 6:31 PM EST
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

News Image

WINIFREDE, W.Va. (Wes Armstead, Jeff Morris, Katelyn Sykes) -- West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection inspectors were sampling the water Tuesday along several locations of an Eastern Kanawha County creek to determine how much was material was released in a slurry spill.

The coal slurry spill occurred at the Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant near Winifrede, according to a news release from the DEP. The DEP initially said the company reported the facility utilizes a frothing chemical that contains MCHM. Later at an afternoon news conference, DEP Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman said the chemical did not contain MCHM, the same chemical that leaked into the Kanawha River and led to a massive water crisis.

The spill occurred sometime between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, sending an unknown amount into Fields Creek. Workers at the plant shut down slurry pumps when the leak was discovered, the DEP said.

Containment measures are in place along Fields Creek from the plant to its confluence with the Kanawha River, but some of the slurry reached the river. The DEP said there are no public water intakes immediately downstream from the spill site.

Meanwhile, people living in this area are speaking out about the spill and are concerned about the effects.

"I wonder what it will do to your health, breathing it in," said Brad Chittenden, who lives in Winifrede. "I know like last summer, there's fish in everything in there and I wonder what it'll do to the fish."

Chittenden also said he could smell a licorice scent in the air on Sunday after his daughter alerted him.

West Virginia American Water released a statement saying its Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant will not be affected by the coal slurry leak.




WINIFREDE, W.Va. (Wes Armstead, Jeff Morris) -- West Virgina Department of Environmental Protection inspectors were at the scene of a slurry line rupture in Eastern Kanawha County.

West Virginia American Water released a statement saying its Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant will not be affected by the coal slurry leak.

DEP spokesman Tom Aluise said the rupture occurred between midnight and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Kanawha Eagle prep plant in Winifrede. The leak has been stopped.

Fields Creek, which flows into the Kanawha River, was affected by the rupture, and crews were trying to contain the slurry water to the mouth of the creek. It was unclear how much was spilled.

The company reported the rupture at 7:42 a.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, water company officials said the coal slurry leak reported Tuesday morning in a tributary of the Kanawha River is not anticipated to have an impact on their treatment plant on the Elk River, which is one mile above where the Elk River joins the Kanawha River.

"Our employees are working on behalf of our customers with local and state officials to gather additional information," the statement from the water company said. "We have been in contact with the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, which concurs that they do not anticipate any impact to our plant on the Elk River.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Police Say Two Arrested After Home Invasion
News
Jul. 29, 2014 4:18 PM EDT
Gallia County, Ohio, deputies said two men were arrested ...
Full News Story

Three Girls To Graduate From Listening, Language, Learning Program
News
Jul. 29, 2014 4:03 PM EDT
After several years of learning to improve their speaking ...
Full News Story

Fruit Recall Affects Costco, Trader Joe's and Walmart Stores
News
Jul. 29, 2014 2:29 PM EDT
If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's or ...
Full News Story


News State Police Arrest 10 In Warrant Roundup In Boone County
Jul. 29, 2014 1:12 PM EDT
News West Virginia American Water To Conduct Public Tour
Jul. 29, 2014 12:51 PM EDT
News Charleston Distance Run Key Registration Deadlines Near
Jul. 29, 2014 12:15 PM EDT
News Charleston Police Respond To Gun Report, Temporarily Take AK-47 For Safekeeping
Jul. 29, 2014 12:45 PM EDT
News Representatives From WV, PA and Ohio To Participate In Pittsburgh Coal Rally
Jul. 29, 2014 12:42 PM EDT
News Volunteer West Virginia To Host 2014 Faces Of Leadership Conference
Jul. 29, 2014 12:28 PM EDT
News Nissan Expands Recall Prompted By Faulty Airbag
Jul. 29, 2014 10:41 AM EDT
News Proposal Calls For Backup Drinking Water Source At Coonskin Park
Jul. 29, 2014 10:21 AM EDT
News Police Say Man Arrested After Allegedly Stabbing Roommate In St. Albans
Jul. 29, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
News Northbound Lanes Of East River Mountain Tunnel On I-77 To Close For Damage Repair
Jul. 29, 2014 10:48 AM EDT
News Freedom Industries Pays $11,000 Fine In Chemical Spill
Jul. 29, 2014 10:56 AM EDT
News Police Arrest Third Person In South Charleston Theft Cases
Jul. 29, 2014 1:21 PM EDT
News Capito To Speak At EPA Hearing
Jul. 29, 2014 8:58 AM EDT
News Huntington Fire Ruled Accidental
Jul. 29, 2014 9:28 AM EDT
News One Lane Of I-64 Eastbound Traffic Reopened After Vehicle Accident
Jul. 29, 2014 11:04 AM EDT
News Police Say Shots Fired In Charleston's East End
Jul. 29, 2014 9:25 AM EDT
News WV Man Sentenced To Five Years In Drug Gang Probe
Jul. 29, 2014 9:20 AM EDT
News WV Union PAC Gets $250,000 Check
Jul. 29, 2014 9:19 AM EDT
News Weekend Tornado Confirmed In WV
Jul. 29, 2014 9:18 AM EDT
News Huntington Police Investigating Shooting
Jul. 29, 2014 12:49 PM EDT
News Community Supports Huntington Fire Victims
Jul. 29, 2014 9:14 AM EDT
News Sparking Brakes Triggered Truck Tunnel Fire
Jul. 28, 2014 11:30 PM EDT
News Virginia Court Ruling On Gay Marriage Could Have WV Implications
Jul. 28, 2014 10:32 PM EDT
News Dem Vows To Fight For Coal, GOP Calls Claims "Hypocritical"
Jul. 28, 2014 6:36 PM EDT
News Gunshots Scare Families In Small Hurricane Neighborhood
Jul. 28, 2014 5:56 PM EDT
News Drums Across Tri-State This Evening At Laidley Field
Jul. 28, 2014 6:05 PM EDT
News Man Accused Of Stabbing Girlfriend After She Threw His Meth Into Woods
Jul. 28, 2014 4:54 PM EDT
News Aldi To Open Store At Teays Valley Shopping Center
Jul. 28, 2014 4:54 PM EDT
News Man Accused In Robbery Has Bond Terms Modified
Jul. 28, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
News Ohio Woman Sentenced In WV Embezzlement
Jul. 28, 2014 4:09 PM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
Wilmington man pleads guilty in fatal shooting

A man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of another man during a robbery.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Indiana sheriff charged in prostitution case

A southern Indiana sheriff has been arrested in a prostitution investigation just weeks after a suburban Indianapolis sheriff resigned over his own relationship with a prostitute.
Full Story

Ohio News
Prosecutor to discuss allegations against pitcher

A Detroit-area prosecutor plans to talk to reporters about an investigation involving Toledo Mud Hens pitcher Evan Reed and allegations of sexual assault.
Full Story







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.