To sum things up, a chemical spill in West Virginia has led to 300,000 without water to drink or even bathe, a story not widely covered in the MSM even though it has the perfect-storm of villains: coal companies, under-regulated storage facilities, etc. Via the AP:
For the fifth straight day, hundreds of thousands of people in West Virginia had to wash, cook and brush their teeth with bottled water, but officials promised the ban on tap water that was tainted by a chemical spill would soon be lifted.
Over the weekend, tests showed that levels of the licorice-smelling chemical used in coal processing were consistently below a toxic threshold, and in some samples, there was no trace of the chemical at all. As the tests were expected to continue Monday, there were still questions about how and why the leak occurred and whether the company, Freedom Industries, took too long to let state officials know about the problem.
An interagency group working to restore water service and to provide water to customers planned to meet Monday morning, said
The good news is Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin sees a “light at the end of the tunnel” and the ban might soon be lifted.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asks the question I was thinking:
Would WV chemical spill — 300k without water in homes — be a bigger story if it happened in NJ or MD? Don’t answer that.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 13, 2014
But check out how the three main U.S. papers are covering West Virginia today: it’s not what you would expect.
The New York Times has no front page coverage:
The Washington Post has a story, but not a lot of space is devoted to it:
But the Wall Street Journal has the hardest-hitting coverage of the three. I would like Media Matters and the other liberal media watchdogs to please comment on how it’s the Wall Street Journal covering the alleged lack of coal-country regulations and the hazards of coal mining. Thanks!