Us Back Our Water (A Letter to Charleston)
A brand new song from John Gorka
about an environmental issue in WV happening now. Freedom Industries
based in Charleston, WV accidentally allowed a chemical leak
into the Elk River that has poisoned the water supply. The following
is John's reply.
on Mountain Stage
Original Show Date: February 2, 2014
Radio Broadcast: April 18, 2014
how Flint's water crisis happened (CNN 2016)
CNN's Sara Ganim explains the story behind the water
crisis in Flint, Michigan.
The poisoning of Flint's drinking water will leave a stain on the
legacy of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. The Civil Rights Commission
issued a report titled “The Flint Water Crisis: Systematic Racism
Through the lens of Flint,” which brought forth the notion that
systemic racism allowed Flint to “fall beneath the cracks to face
cost saving matters at the expense of citizens.”
Regardless, the government will now replace poorly regulated pipelines
from the Flint River to the homes of more than 90,000 residents
within the city’s limits. In June 2017, six current and former state
and city officials were charged criminally - including five accused
of involuntary manslaughter - for their roles in the crisis, which
also was linked to a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that caused
at least 12 deaths.
on facebook about this song (February 2014):
Freedom industries is just a two week old
company. I find the name they chose ironic. I think we should have
free access to clean water. All of us.
a circus here. After they flushed many of the 100+ year old water
systems there are still people that can't even use it to bathe or
do laundry. The governor has basically told us to suck it and is
now trying to open up landfills to dump fracking waste from Pennsylvania
in them. A coal slurry ruptured last week dumping hazardous waste
into another river not far from Charleston. It's not going to change
as long as the majority of the people here continue to embrace the
"coal camp" mentality. It's a shame because this is a beautiful
state and was once one of the largest repositories of fresh water
on the east coast.
man! I was unaware of it until just recently. What mess. I hope
John's song and the media can raise awareness and get the right
people to do something. Pete Seeger was able to clean up the Hudson,
but it took gaining a lot of support, building a sloop to sail the
river, and time to change people's mentality.
we don't get much press coverage. Our state has been disenfranchised
for so long people here wear their suffering like a badge of honor.
Anything good for the environment or the people is called a job
killer and dismissed and our state is run by "democrats" so you
can imagine how batshit crazy the republicans here are.
that the Dan River, John? That was on the news tonight. Just watched
it. That coal slurry in water is disgusting!
the Dan river is the North Carolina spill. It was worse than the
one here last week. I think it was the same company though. Even
after the environmental regulations of the 1970's cleaned up a lot
of the rivers and streams, places like Logan county where the Hatfields
and Frank Hutchison lived are still black with coal dust.
glad you could hear the laughter about the rolling noggins
The Water Is Wide
John Gorka performs The Water Is
Wide live on Mountain Stage from February 2nd 2014
Gorka- Thirstier Wind John
Gorka performs Thirstier Wind live on Mountain Stage from February