Feds Investigating NC Coal Ash Spill

There’s now a federal criminal investigation of Duke Energy and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory after a coal ash retention pond leaked 82,000 tons of coal ash and nearly 30 million gallons of contaminated water into a river. McCrory is a former Duke Energy executive and his administration has been protecting the company from civil suits and any actual punishment for their environmental crimes. Rachel Maddow reported on the federal investigation:


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  • lordshipmayhem

    Ah, to see something like this, in North Carolina:

    Official: “I’m sorry, boys. Put the Duke brothers’ seats on the exchange up for sale at once. Seize all assets of Duke & Duke Commodity Brokers, as well as all personal holdings of Randolph and Mortimer Duke.”


    Randolph Duke: “We’re ruined!”

  • “Yup, that’s coal ash.”

  • I really don’t think that Ms. Maddow is aware that the stories about winter weather in the South are actually evidence against AGW! Bullshitevidence, but…

  • busterggi

    I’m sure the company will be severly chastized and fined.

    Then after the public show the fines will be dropped and no punishment will be dealt out.

  • caseloweraz

    Just as when a working blowout preventer was required for oil wells in the North Sea, but optional for wells in the Gulf of Mexico, the chant was that strict regulations would spell the doom of oil exploration in Gulf waters by imposing enormous expense on oil companies. But the same blindness applied there as now in the tarheel state: cleaning up a spill is much more expensive than preventing it, but companies are glad to pay for cleanup while screaming about the cost of prevention.


    In 1893 the North Carolina General Assembly adopted the Latin words “Esse Quam Videri” as the state motto and directed that these words be placed with the state’s Coat of Arms and the date “20 May, 1775” upon the great seal. Until the act of 1893 North Carolina had no motto, one of the few states without one (and the only one of the original thirteen).

    The motto is a literal translation of a phrase from a sentence in Cicero’s “On Friendship” (De Amicitia, chapter 26). The complete sentence in Latin is: “Virtute enim ipsa non tam multi praediti esse quam videri volunt.” [Translated as:] “Fewer possess virtue, than those who wish us to believe that they possess it.”

    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark North Carolina.

    And once again, kudos to Rachel Maddow for her excellent reporting.