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Wetlander's Pick of the PostsTomgram: Ellen Cantarow, The New Eco-Devastation in Rural America
A Wisconsin Fracking Story

By Ellen Cantarow – TomDispatch – May 20, 2012
When workers drilling tunnels at Gauley Bridge, West Virginia, began to die, Union Carbide had an answer.  It hadn’t been taking adequate precautions against the inhalation of silica dust, a known danger to workers since the days of ancient Greece.  Instead, in many cases, a company doctor would simply tell the families of the workers that they had died of “tunnelitis,” and a local undertaker would be paid $50 to dispose of each corpse.  A few years later, in 1935, a congressional subcommittee discovered that approximately 700 workers had perished while drilling through Hawk’s Nest Mountain, many of them buried in unmarked graves at the side of the road just outside the tunnel.  The subcommittee concluded that Union Carbide’s project had been accomplished through a “grave and inhuman disregard of all considerations for the health, lives and future of the employees.” http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175544/tomgram%3A_ellen_cantarow%2C_the_new_eco-devastation_in_rural_america/

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