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Buffalo Creek Flood

Today is the 46 anniversary of the Buffalo Creek Flood in Logan WV. A coal slurry impoundment dam failed sending 132,00,000 gallons of black waste water into the 16 coal towns along Buffalo Creek. 125 people were killed, over a thousand injured, and 4,ooo left homeless. The Pittston Coal Company called it an Act of God although the dam was improperly built. Republican Governor Arch Moore created a a commission to investigate but not a single miner was involved in spite of the United Mine Workers request. The Deputy Director of Natural Resources called for legislation banning strip mining. And sued Pittston for $100, 000,000 in disaster and relief damages. Instead Governor Moore accepted a settlement of $1,000,000 and a promise of a new community center. The center has never been built.


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