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(Think Progress)   Those scamps at Duke Energy have been caught -for the 8th time in a month- intentionally dumping toxic waste into a North Carolina river. In response NC Gov and former Duke executive Pat McCrory expected to sigh, wag his finger, and say "oh YOU"   (thinkprogress.org) divider line 35
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2014-03-21 02:49:24 PM  
9 votes:
And you know what? Nothing will change. I honestly don't know why we even bother with environmental protection laws anymore...companies ignore the rules, and even if they get caught, they just pay the fines and keep right on dumping iwaste illegally. They can literally poison people and get away with it. Someone gets sick as a result of their dumping, they have the lawyers and legal staff to deal with anything that comes up. Cops protect them. They've got a pr staff to handle any negative press backlash and legislators are on the payroll.
2014-03-21 04:21:30 PM  
6 votes:

Weaver95: And you know what? Nothing will change. I honestly don't know why we even bother with environmental protection laws anymore...companies ignore the rules, and even if they get caught, they just pay the fines and keep right on dumping iwaste illegally. They can literally poison people and get away with it. Someone gets sick as a result of their dumping, they have the lawyers and legal staff to deal with anything that comes up. Cops protect them. They've got a pr staff to handle any negative press backlash and legislators are on the payroll.


Knowingly dumping toxic chemicals into the groundwater sounds an awful lot like deploying a weapon of mass destruction against civilians to me.

Maybe this isn't a job for environmental protection laws.
2014-03-21 04:12:06 PM  
5 votes:
Fun fact: coal waste is radioactive.

Another fun fact: coal and gas are barely regulated compared to nuclear.

/go on, give them a real regulatory body with teeth
//if ONE nuke plant did this we'd be facing the shutdown of ALL nuke plants in the US
2014-03-21 03:24:22 PM  
5 votes:
Meh, until you lock up the CEO and force feed him the toxic waste, not a thing will change.
2014-03-21 02:57:29 PM  
5 votes:

Weaver95: And you know what? Nothing will change. I honestly don't know why we even bother with environmental protection laws anymore...companies ignore the rules, and even if they get caught, they just pay the fines and keep right on dumping iwaste illegally. They can literally poison people and get away with it. Someone gets sick as a result of their dumping, they have the lawyers and legal staff to deal with anything that comes up. Cops protect them. They've got a pr staff to handle any negative press backlash and legislators are on the payroll.


Well, being someone who actually lives in NC, let me just say that I hope our state doesn't share that same political apathy and pessimism.

We need the laws, we need the enforcement, we need heavy civil and criminal penalties to be levied, and we need politicians to stand up for the environment in a much bigger way. Neither party is cutting it right now. I would certainly choose Democrats over Republicans given a choice. But let's not forget that Obama trying to develop energy independence is currently at the sacrifice of the environment.

And the shareholders should have to pay for this, not the people buying utilities from them. You want a monopoly, you eat your own sh*t when it goes wrong. I would go as far as to say that the people running these companies should be forced to drink water pumped out of the same rivers and streams they operate near.
2014-03-21 04:25:09 PM  
4 votes:

Nexzus: Don't know the specifics, but yeah, if the cost to act within the law costs more than the fine you'd get breaking it, what's the farking point of the law?


The only reason they're getting off that cheap is that our governor literally
1.  Layed off huge swaths of the NC environmental agency
2.  Replaced almost everyone remaining in middle management and above with political appointees.
3.  Redicated a lot of labor from oversight to approving new fracking well applications(even though that's not what the people in question's skills were)
4.  Personally interceded telling them to let Duke continue running a profit.

I mean, we're talking giant shiat-stain level single person problem.  Not minor "oops, we didn't think that law through" but, "actively putting his apparent financial interests above the safety of people in the state"
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-03-21 04:13:37 PM  
4 votes:

bdub77: Well, being someone who actually lives in NC, let me just say that I hope our state doesn't share that same political apathy and pessimism.


Duke Energy is our energy company here in Indiana, and I can say we don't share the apathy and pessimism either.  Our populace continues to very enthusiastically provide fellatio to every energy exec (except those dirty hippy clean energy folks) in the beliefs that if we just give it just A LITTLE BIT MORE then we'll get a golden shower of jobs.

Just...a...little...bit...more.

The constant kissass we give our corporations fits VERY well into Einstein's definition of insanity.  These assholes don't create jobs, they constantly destroy them.  Start make them pay taxes and stop kissing their damn ass.
2014-03-21 04:26:48 PM  
3 votes:

Mikey1969: The plant's Clean Water Act permit only authorizes discharges when the pond level overtops the vertical discharge pipe visible in the photo, in order to reduce discharges of toxic solids in the effluent.

I'm curious, does anyone know which part is "visible in the photo"? I see the line from what looks to be the pump. and then something yellow and vertical on the bank, behind the truck, but that's higher than the banks, so that pond would flood well before the water levels topped it, so I'm just wondering where the level actually is.

Also, why aren't these companies just leaching out the metals in those ponds and then recovering them to sell? Seems like they could make money off of it and not get into so much trouble.


its the black pipe sticking out of the water. That is the overflow pipe they are talking about. It basically sucks the top water out if the pools get to high and the rest of the crap is supposed to settle on the bottom. They just threw a hose in the pond and started pumping it out. I am assuming there is some $$ incentive for pumping it right in to their neighbors water vs. having it filter out properly but the article doesn't say what the motivation is.

If a regular person was pumping chemicals in to the water supply they would have been arrested immediately. So why do these companies and their employees get an out ?

They are basically poisoning their neighbors. How do these things not rise to the levels of attempted murder ? They are putting peoples water supplies at risk. These people should be put in front of a wall and shot.
2014-03-21 04:20:12 PM  
3 votes:
An energy company starts cutting corners and running amok once a former executive gets elected to political office? Trying to remember if this has happened before....
www.haitianinternet.com
2014-03-21 04:19:32 PM  
3 votes:

Weaver95: And you know what? Nothing will change. I honestly don't know why we even bother with environmental protection laws anymore...companies ignore the rules, and even if they get caught, they just pay the fines and keep right on dumping iwaste illegally. They can literally poison people and get away with it. Someone gets sick as a result of their dumping, they have the lawyers and legal staff to deal with anything that comes up. Cops protect them. They've got a pr staff to handle any negative press backlash and legislators are on the payroll.


Don't know the specifics, but yeah, if the cost to act within the law costs more than the fine you'd get breaking it, what's the farking point of the law?
2014-03-21 04:14:33 PM  
3 votes:

I Like Shiny Things: I love reading stories from ThinkProgress because they are totally unbiased.


A. Shut up, no one cares what you think about think progress.
B. I'll vouch for numerous sources all saying duke energy has been doing exactly this
C. McCrory is the biggest piece of shiat.
2014-03-21 06:08:51 PM  
2 votes:
Sounds like the acts of terrorists.
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-03-21 04:28:14 PM  
2 votes:

ikanreed: Nexzus: Don't know the specifics, but yeah, if the cost to act within the law costs more than the fine you'd get breaking it, what's the farking point of the law?

The only reason they're getting off that cheap is that our governor literally
1.  Layed off huge swaths of the NC environmental agency
2.  Replaced almost everyone remaining in middle management and above with political appointees.
3.  Redicated a lot of labor from oversight to approving new fracking well applications(even though that's not what the people in question's skills were)
4.  Personally interceded telling them to let Duke continue running a profit.

I mean, we're talking giant shiat-stain level single person problem.  Not minor "oops, we didn't think that law through" but, "actively putting his apparent financial interests above the safety of people in the state"


Every part of that is anti-free market.  It's amazing how wanting to put regulation on the coal industry causes a chorus about "anti-free market" but interceding to help a corporate buddy is just fine.  If they want total free market lases faire then someone should be LAUGHING in the their face when they come and ask for help later.
2014-03-21 04:25:43 PM  
2 votes:
Ah, North Carolina. After more than a hundred years of corruption and cronyism under the Coke Party, we give free rein to the Pepsi Party and they promptly give us the embarrassing Amendment One and then turn the state over to Duke Power, which has been following the example of Microsoft and paying off members of both parties for years - anyone remember the Duke/Progress merger under Governor Bev "What, me worry?" Perdue and her hand-picked board of hacks on the Utilities Commission who assured us that the merger would mean lower rates?

Not since the days of Lt Gov Jimmy Green and his mysterious (and profitable) string of warehouse fires have we seen such naked graft. Makes you look forward to the next UNC scandal story in the paper to take your mind off the poltroons in Raleigh.

/NC, the new New Jersey
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-03-21 04:24:18 PM  
2 votes:

Chthonic Echoes: Maybe this isn't a job for environmental protection laws.


In the words of the great Oingo Boingo...

"Who makes the law? SOMEONE ELSE!"

When you have a system where the laws and the law enforcement can be purchased (which is what we have right now) then you can't do anything to stop it.  The laws aren't being made for the common good, they are being made for groups of lobbyists.
2014-03-21 03:12:29 PM  
2 votes:

bdub77: vpb: bdub77:
Well, being someone who actually lives in NC, let me just say that I hope our state doesn't share that same political apathy and pessimism.

We need the laws, we need the enforcement, we need heavy civil and criminal penalties to be levied, and we need politicians to stand up for the environment in a much bigger way. Neither party is cutting it right now. I would certainly choose Democrats over Republicans given a choice. But let's not forget that Obama trying to develop energy independence is currently at the sacrifice of the environment.

And the shareholders should have to pay for this, not the people buying utilities from them. You want a monopoly, you eat your own sh*t when it goes wrong. I would go as far as to say that the people running these companies should be forced to drink water pumped out of the same rivers and streams they operate near.

It should, but companies like that donate large amounts of money to put politicians in charge who look after their interests.

The governor will probably apologize to them.

Yeah. A lot of people are angry at this administration. There's a federal case going, and I'm hopeful that we'll see some people convicted.


Yeah, your governor sucks, his head of the Department of Environment and Natural resources REALLY Sucks (the guy who called Duke Energy DENR's "partner" and "customer" {and you know the customer is always right}, and believes that oil is a renewable resource because otherwise the earth would have to be older than 6,000 years old)

BUT  A federal Grand Jury doesn't fark around, and they are coming for EVERY Clown in that overstuffed car
2014-03-21 11:20:24 PM  
1 votes:

bdub77: And the shareholders should have to pay for this, not the people buying utilities from them.


Dissolve the corporation, revoke its business license, ban the key executives from ever again doing business in the state, de-privatize the company.

There's a farking penalty.
2014-03-21 07:41:13 PM  
1 votes:
Round these parts we have OPPD, a public power district.  That's right, the power is owned by the public.  It's pret... wait a tick.  The public... owns the...power...  Holy Fark!  That's socialisms!  Nebraskans are practicing socialisms right in the heart of the country!!!
2014-03-21 06:30:55 PM  
1 votes:
We need to nationalize the utility companies.
2014-03-21 06:05:56 PM  
1 votes:
Having been a cop before, i have to say the encounter with the officer in the film was total bullshiat. They had broken no laws, it was a public (state) owned waterway, and the cop had 0 reason, 0...to stop them, let alone ask them for ID, and threatening them with calling the conservation police was total crap. They should have told him to go fark himself, and the men he came in with, and laughed while he stood there with nothing to charge him with. This was an obviously controlled officer who was told to scare them off by his superiors. Way to scare off the people who can expose the company's abuse of the environment by using the local police. Thats some fine honorable police work there lou. Someone..is getting paid. I would have loved to be in that boat. Man, the ensuing lawsuits would have made me a millionaire.
2014-03-21 04:55:20 PM  
1 votes:

rzrwiresunrise: If the market were so outraged, it would have done something about it. Boycotts? Nope. Lawsuits? Nope. Can't be too upset if Duke isn't facing any economic repercussions. See, this is what a free market looks like. If only this could be a model for the rest of our great nation, we'd see a real economic rebound.


How do you Boycott a utility monopoly, anyways?  I do I re-rig the entire electric grid so I can get power from someone else?
2014-03-21 04:44:17 PM  
1 votes:

The Southern Logic Company: The metals in the water are measured in ppm (parts per million)


So? Salinity is measure in PPM but that doesn't preclude water from being too salty to drink.

It might be uneconomical, but it's not uneconomical just because of the unit of measure.

Just how many millions of water molecules do you think are in a pond? A couple?
2014-03-21 04:36:22 PM  
1 votes:
someonelse:

It's a shame that there are no links from hard news sources in the article. A link to the "notice of violation" document from the NC DNR would have been nice.

News and Observer of Raleigh.

They generally have a story a day, and most stories have links and sidebars to the documents and such.

Altho they do have a hard-on for Republicans rivaled only by the NYT. At least they no longer compare conservatives to Neo-Nazis as they regularly did when Keung Hui was covering the Wake County School Board.
2014-03-21 04:33:33 PM  
1 votes:
Step 1 - collect a barrelful of the waste water
Step 2 - rent some form of aircraft
Step 3 - dump the barrelful on the CEO's house
Step 4 - watch him try to call it 'poison' and 'toxic' while his company denies it isn't.

/what jury would ever convict?
2014-03-21 04:25:47 PM  
1 votes:

Mikey1969: I'm curious, does anyone know which part is "visible in the photo"? I see the line from what looks to be the pump. and then something yellow and vertical on the bank, behind the truck, but that's higher than the banks, so that pond would flood well before the water levels topped it, so I'm just wondering where the level actually is.


Uhh, it's the vertical pipe in the photo?

Not snark. Look at the photo again: there's a pump sitting on the berm around the lake. Follow the line running from the berm and you 'll see a orange float used to mark the pump line. Right next to the orange float is the black and brown vertical pipe that let's the pond bleed off water during heavy rains.

The idea is that the heavier toxic stuff will float to the bottom and the pipe only lets the topmost, cleanest water discharge into the river. Obviously a pump line sitting on the bottom of the pond bypasses that. I also know from experience that using a pump on the bottom of a pond like this will get you a fair amount of sediments off the bottom, along with the water.
2014-03-21 04:25:18 PM  
1 votes:

RoxtarRyan: wildsnowllama: Don't worry, the free market will handle this. Everyone affected by Duke dumping waste in this river will just get their coal from some other company.

Exactly, I don't see why there's a reason people are getting upset about this.


encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
FIght the man.

/not my place.
2014-03-21 04:20:36 PM  
1 votes:
If the waste water is blue, it can't be that bad, right?
2014-03-21 04:16:28 PM  
1 votes:
The plant's Clean Water Act permit only authorizes discharges when the pond level overtops the vertical discharge pipe visible in the photo, in order to reduce discharges of toxic solids in the effluent.

I'm curious, does anyone know which part is "visible in the photo"? I see the line from what looks to be the pump. and then something yellow and vertical on the bank, behind the truck, but that's higher than the banks, so that pond would flood well before the water levels topped it, so I'm just wondering where the level actually is.

Also, why aren't these companies just leaching out the metals in those ponds and then recovering them to sell? Seems like they could make money off of it and not get into so much trouble.
2014-03-21 04:15:24 PM  
1 votes:

I Like Shiny Things: I love reading stories from ThinkProgress because they are totally unbiased.


That's why I only read corporate press releases.
2014-03-21 04:13:46 PM  
1 votes:
Well they seem to have lots of profits, at least to an outsider like me, based on that relatively-new building they have there in Charlotte. Surely they could rake in a little less.
2014-03-21 04:12:13 PM  
1 votes:
I love reading stories from ThinkProgress because they are totally unbiased.
2014-03-21 03:15:17 PM  
1 votes:

shanrick: bdub77: But let's not forget that Obama trying to develop energy independence is currently at the sacrifice of the environment.

How so?


Among other things, it's called fracking. Study it out. The administration has been pretty lenient toward the oil and gas industry in general. It's a compromise because they are also building green energy. But it's still a compromise.
2014-03-21 03:07:30 PM  
1 votes:

vpb: bdub77:
Well, being someone who actually lives in NC, let me just say that I hope our state doesn't share that same political apathy and pessimism.

We need the laws, we need the enforcement, we need heavy civil and criminal penalties to be levied, and we need politicians to stand up for the environment in a much bigger way. Neither party is cutting it right now. I would certainly choose Democrats over Republicans given a choice. But let's not forget that Obama trying to develop energy independence is currently at the sacrifice of the environment.

And the shareholders should have to pay for this, not the people buying utilities from them. You want a monopoly, you eat your own sh*t when it goes wrong. I would go as far as to say that the people running these companies should be forced to drink water pumped out of the same rivers and streams they operate near.

It should, but companies like that donate large amounts of money to put politicians in charge who look after their interests.

The governor will probably apologize to them.


Yeah. A lot of people are angry at this administration. There's a federal case going, and I'm hopeful that we'll see some people convicted.
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-03-21 03:03:26 PM  
1 votes:
bdub77:
Well, being someone who actually lives in NC, let me just say that I hope our state doesn't share that same political apathy and pessimism.

We need the laws, we need the enforcement, we need heavy civil and criminal penalties to be levied, and we need politicians to stand up for the environment in a much bigger way. Neither party is cutting it right now. I would certainly choose Democrats over Republicans given a choice. But let's not forget that Obama trying to develop energy independence is currently at the sacrifice of the environment.

And the shareholders should have to pay for this, not the people buying utilities from them. You want a monopoly, you eat your own sh*t when it goes wrong. I would go as far as to say that the people running these companies should be forced to drink water pumped out of the same rivers and streams they operate near.


It should, but companies like that donate large amounts of money to put politicians in charge who look after their interests.

The governor will probably apologize to them.
2014-03-21 02:54:16 PM  
1 votes:
Duke (Energy) Sucks!
 
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