West Virginia Blue: Dunkard Creek fish kill, Clem Guttata , West Virginia Blue, (2009)

West Virginia Blue: Dunkard Creek fish kill

It's really hard for me to read about the Dunkard Creek fish kill without getting very angry.

An ecosystem has been destroyed.

...the 38-mile creek is all but dead, its 161 species of fish, mussels, salamanders, crayfish and aquatic insects killed by mysterious pollutants coming from sources state and federal agencies have yet to pinpoint despite aggressive field work.

The investigation thus far indicates the most likely cause as oil and gas drilling wastewater. (There's more ability to generate wastewater from the Marcellus Shale drilling than there are wastewater treatment facilities in the area, so the incentive for rogue wastewater disposal is high.)

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See: marcellus-shale.us. (2009). "Dunkard Creek fish kill".