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Author: Robert SalyerLilly AdkinsNina McCoyMick McCoyJack SpadaroAll authors
Publisher: Whitesburg, KY : Appalshop, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English
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Shortly after midnight on October 11, 2000, a coal sludge impoundment in Martin County, Kentucky, broke through an underground mine below, propelling 306 million gallons of sludge down two tributaries of the Tug Fork River. By morning, Wolf Creek was oozing with the black waste; on Coldwater Fork, a ten-foot wide stream became a 100-yard expanse of thick sludge. The spill polluted hundreds of miles of waterways,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Salyer; Lilly Adkins; Nina McCoy; Mick McCoy; Jack Spadaro; Judy Bonds; Appalshop, Inc.
OCLC Number: 62792340
Notes: Compares sludge dam situation in Kentucky to the sludge dam in Whitesville, West Virginia. Interviews include Judy Bonds of Coal River Mountain Watch, Lilly Adkins of the Martin County Sun newspaper, Kentucky schoolteachers Nina McCoy and Mick McCoy, and whistle-blower Jack Spadaro, formerly a federal government employee of MSHA.
Credits: Camera, Walter Brock [and others] ; original music, Jeff Barbara, Sarah Pirkle.
Performer(s): Interviewees include: Judy Bonds of Coal River Mountain Watch, Lilly Adkins of the Martin County Sun newspaper, Kentucky schoolteachers Nina McCoy and Mick McCoy, and whistle-blower Jack Spadaro, formerly a federal government employee of MSHA.
Description: 1 videodisc (42 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD video.
Responsibility: Appalshop Films presents a film by Robert Salyer ; produced and directed by Robert Salyer.

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Shortly after midnight on October 11, 2000, a coal sludge impoundment in Martin County, Kentucky, broke through an underground mine below, propelling 306 million gallons of sludge down two tributaries of the Tug Fork River. By morning, Wolf Creek was oozing with the black waste; on Coldwater Fork, a ten-foot wide stream became a 100-yard expanse of thick sludge. The spill polluted hundreds of miles of waterways, contaminated the water supply for over 27,000 residents, and killed all aquatic life in Coldwater Fork and Wolf Creek--From publisher's description.

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On October 11, 2000 over 306 gallons of black, stinky, toxic, sludge broke from a coal company retaining pond into an underground mine and inundated the nearby Kentucky community. This spill, 30 times larger than Exxon Valdez, flooded two tributaries of the Tug Fork River in Martin County, Kentucky....
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