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Meeting with WV Residents Concerned About Coal Slurry Poisoning

Officials with Triad Engineering and the Department of Environmental Protection are meeting with southern coalfields residents who believe their wells were poisoned with slurry.

The DEP says a public meeting with residents of Seth and Prenter is set for Tuesday evening at the Racine Community Center.

Triad was hired last fall to study possible links between the underground injection of coal slurry and the contamination of water supplies. Slurry is the wastewater produced when coal is washed to help it burn more efficiently.

The study is expected to continue through the winter, targeting homes along the Hopkins Fork of Big Coal River and tributaries of Hopkins Fork.

Residents are suing eight coal companies over underground injection, which the industry claims is safe.

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