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Originally published: 2014-01-21 11:47:03
Last modified: 2014-01-21 11:48:21

Vigil to be held in solidarity with West Virginia water crisis victims

by Staff Reports

A candlelight vigil will take place at Boone Creek in Appalachian State University's Durham Park on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 6:30 p.m. High Country residents will gather to show solidarity with victims of the water crisis in southern West Virginia, an announcement stated.

A candlelight vigil, speakers and a brief "well wishes" water ceremony will occur, snow or shine, the announcement said. Monetary donations will also be collected for needed supplies of water.

"More than 300,000 people lost access to their drinking water on Jan. 9, 2014, when 7,000 gallons of crude 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, used to clean coal, spilled into the Elk River in Charleston, W.Va.," the announcement stated. "The crisis continues as little information is known about this chemical. Though the water has been officially deemed safe, many citizens still harbor concerns."

Boone Creek  is connected to the Elk River via the New River, which flows north to West Virginia. The Elk and New Rivers are both tributaries of the Kanawha River. Similar events are taking place across the country.