Coal Miner's Water

  • Aired:  01/13/14
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A toxic chemical spill in West Virginia leaves 300,000 residents without access to clean water. (4:37)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILY

SHOW".

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WE HAVE A GOOD ONE FOR YOUTONIGHT.

WE HAVE A SHOW -- TONIGHT MYGUEST ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS.

HE'S GOT HIS DOCUMENTARY "GODLOVES UGANDA."

HE WILL BE ON THE PROGRAMTONIGHT.

I APOLOGIZE I'M A LITTLEPARCHED.

I APOLOGIZE I JUST HAVE MY WATERFLOWN IN EVERY MORNING BECAUSE

I'M VERY PARTICULAR ABOUT MYWATER.

[ LAUGHTER ]I HAVE IT FLOWN IN EVERY --

AHHHH.

EVERY MORNING THEY FLY IT INFROM WEST VIRGINIA, MY WATER AND

I --[LAUGHTER]

FILTERED DOWN FROM THEMOUNTAINS OF APPALACHIA THROUGH

THE CRISP CLEAR STREAMS THROUGHTHE RESERVOIRS, I LOVE THIS.

THE ICE IS EVEN MADE FROM WESTVIRGINIA.

I DON'T WANT IT TO BE ONE BITDILUTED.

100% PURE WEST VIRGINIATRANSPARENT GOLD.

LET ME TAKE A SIZABLE GULP WHILEYOU WATCH THIS CLIP.

>> 300,000 PEOPLE IN WESTVIRIGINA ARE BEING TOLD TO STAY

AWAY FROM THEIR TAP WATER, NOTUSE IT FOR ANYTHING.

A CHEMICAL SPILL MAY HAVECONTAMINATED THE DRINKING WATER.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> Jon: SORRY, I WAS ENJOYING

THIS DELICIOUS WATER SO MUCH IMISSED WHAT THEY WERE SAYING.

WHAT WERE THEY SAYING?

>> A CHEMICAL SPILL IN THE ELKRIVER MAY HAVE CONTAMINATED THE

DRINKING WATER.

>> Jon: OKAY, I HEARD IT THATTIME.

[LAUGHTER]I DID TASTE SOMETHING JUST A

SKOSH DIFFERENT.

AN UNDERTONE JUST A SOUS SANT, ANOTE OF --

>> RESIDENTS NOTICED SOMETHINGWAS WRONG WHEN THE WATER SMELLED

LIKE LICORICE.

>> Jon: THERE WAS THAT SMELLAND ALSO THE WATER GAVE THEM

EXPLOSIVE DIARRHEA ANDVOMITING.

HOW DO YOU GET THAT WITH AFRACKING IN CANDY LAND?

HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?

>> THE CRISIS BEGAN WHEN A TOXICCHEMICAL USED TO PROCESS COAL

LEAKED OUT OF A 48,000 GALLONSTORAGE TANK.

IT OVERFLOWED INTO THE ELK RIVERNORTH OF A WATER TREATMENT PLANT

THAT PROVIDES DRINKING WATER FORTHE REGION.

>> Jon: I'M NOT AN INDUSTRIALENGINEER OR A EXPERT IN

SEWAGE TREATMENT OR A CITYPLANNER, OR A DOCTOR OR A

MOYLE -- BUT WHY --[LAUGHTER]

-- WHY WOULD YOU BUILD YOURTOXIC CHEMICAL STORAGE TANKS

UPSTREAM --[LAUGHTER]

-- AND DRINKING WATER ADJACENT?

ALTHOUGH I IMAGINE BECAUSE ITWAS IN SUCH A VULNERABLE

POSITION IT WAS HIGHLYREGULATED.

>> THIS TOXIC CHEMICALSOURCE. FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND

THESE TOXIC CHEMICAL TANKSWERE INSPECTED AS RECENTLY AS

[CLEARS THROAT] 1991.

ARE YOU --1991?

THAT'S LIKE SIX BATMANS AGO.

1991.

THAT IS NOT EVEN THE MOST RECENTPALINDROME YEAR.

YEAH, THAT WOULD BE 2002.

I THINK I PROBABLY JUST BLEW UPA NERD'S BRAIN.

[LAUGHTER]THE POINT IS THIS: APPARENTLY

THERE ARE VERY FEW REGULATIONSVIS-A-VIS THE RIVERFRONT STORAGE

OF TOXIC CHEMICALS IN THESOVEREIGN STATE OF WEST

VIRGINIA.

VIN LIEU OF SAFETY PRECAUTIONSTHE GOVERNOR

HAD POST CAUTIONS.

>> DO NOT DRINK IT.

DO NOT COOK WITH IT.

DO NOT TAKE A BATH IN IT.

>>>> Jon: DO NOT FEED IT THROUGH

A HOSE CONNECTED TO A SPRINKLERWHICH YOU THEN RUN THROUGH IT

GOING WHEE.

DO NOT FREEZE IT IN A BLOCK OFICE AND THEN

STAND ON IT TO HANG YOURSELFCREATING A BAFFLING LOCKED ROOM

MYSTERY. DO NOT STORE YOURADOLESCENT TURTLES IN IT,

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