Vigil to be held in solidarity with West Virginia water crisis victims
by Staff Reports
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.