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This Can Happen Here- Bonnie Zirkle photos

Below is a series of photos recently taken by Bonnie Zirkle in West Virginia 25 years after a slurry pond broke and flooded homes and farms at Ten Mile Creek.  All photos were taken in December, 2011.

After 25 years, the reclaimed hill above the Zirkle farm still remains treeless.
Sign hanging on tanks leaching Caustic Soda into slurry ponds above the Zirkle farm.
Toxic water in ponds from tanks with open drain lines.
More toxic water runoff.
   
No one to this day is allowed access to the mine area.
Reclaimed area, still no trees.
Lower left fork of Ten Mile Creek, orange water and no life.
Leach from slurry ponds into culvert which flows into left fork of Ten Mile Creek.  This runs into the Buckhannon River where the town of Buckhannon gets their drinking water.
More sediment ponds continue to fill from runoff and leaching by abandoned mine at Ten Mile Creek.
Toxic water still runs into ponds and then into left fork of Ten Mile Creek.
Caustic water draining from hillside.
White foam runs along ditch and eventually drains into left fork of Ten Mile Creek.
More foam in ditch along side the road where slurry flood happened 25 years ago.
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