This week’s Map of the Week can be a tool to teach your children primary colors, United States geography and corporate criminal negligence.
“This is not a spill. A spill is something that happens by accident. You knock over one of these cups on the table, that’s a spill, this is a permanent state of criminal negligence.”
Josh Fox said that back in January of 2014 when he was on MSNBC to talk about 300,000 West Virginians who no longer had access to safe drinking water because thousands of gallons of MCMH, a chemical used to clean coal, had leaked into the Elk River.
What Josh emphasized on the show was that this wasn’t an anomaly. This wasn’t an accident. This is how coal, oil and gas companies do business.
In 2012 alone there were 6,000 oil, fracking fluid and contaminated wastewater spills in the United States. That’s 16 spills a day.
People pay attention when 300,000 people don’t have water to drink or Southern California Beaches are covered in oil, but as you can see in our Map of the Week the fossil fuel industry, from extraction to delivery, operates under a permanent state of criminal negligence.