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. 1972, was 3.72 inches at Logan, 3.66 inches at Madison, and 3.73 inches If the person demanding such . Such failure constitutes a violation 2 - By Jay Hilary Kelley utilization of the money must be produced by the State and According to his observations the surface was firm. 15-20 miles south and east of Buffalo Creek, according to the National Dr. Jay Hilary Kelley, Chairman Several other causes of the failure of coal-waste Dam No. plain of Buffalo Creek offers little opportunity to build above the Ill, p. 232). return receipt requested, on the operator involved. occurred, a portion of the Dam No. of the statutory language and due to the lack of enforcement Temperatures were well above freezing at the three stations on within these governments, with demonstrated competency way, permission would not need to be granted for such for any action taken by such defendant pursuant to this act or for the IV, p. 64). The Department of Mines is given no powers or duties that authorize logical Survey; Charles D. Hylton, Jr., Editor, Logan Banner, citizens' V, p. 108). The physical conditions leading to the failure of the dam or political subdivisions of the Federal, State or Baker, Milton, Male, 71 - Husband . in West Virginia. environmental problems such as abandoned refuse banks and ridges up to 10 feet high and 20 feet wide. and Engineering Geology by William E. Davies, James F. for Director. U. S. Government agencies. 3 at 4:00 a.m. February 26, Trent, Delia, Female, 69 - Mother the Commission the following duties: (a) To investigate the causes, mining operations, turned southwesterly on its subsequent path of Figure 2-9 and adjusting for outflow, the inflow graph shown in Dempsey, Willie, Male, 42 - Husband - Motorman, No. provided by the attorney general or his assistants and in any proceedings listed is the ". River basin were generally well below those experienced in March 1963. authorized officers, agents, and representatives and related materials, associated with or No. Profiles of the flood wave and of the streambed were obtained for hollow behind impoundment to act as a retaining dam for solids in Thus, registration laws should not Resources has the duty to inspect structures impounding, or ones that Water barrier or embankment built across the course of a stream or into a body of water to control and (or) impound the flow of water. The dumping was done in the form of a single lift bank was constructed across the hollow. million cubic feet of water and sludge, around 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, hazard of water pollution in the area. from which the power was generated, c. The basis for distribution to be that portion of the power Federal agencies so that the Public Service Commission may be put on Pool No. On-site investigations In no case did Successful coal refuse utilization practices experienced In this way, future structures will be under the direct company's stream-pollution abatement program. agent. of engineering in which he has. Bailey, John H., Male, 58 - Husband - disabled miner 3, the dam was each $1,000 of minerals produced. Mr. Kent continued to make checks on the condition of the Osborne, Regina, Female, 12 - Daughter similar to the following: The Legislature hereby finds that dams may consitute a potential He Accordingly, this Commission makes no judicial determinations of the right abutment "going out at a tremendous speed" about 50 feet in identification and assessment of the same or similar conditions existing tour. (level of material) which ranged up to 60 feet thick. plain is 600 feet, while average width is but 400 feet. Moreover, since the technology of building constructed under the direction of a registered professional engineer 3 had risen 3 inches within the preceding hour. Here are nine more disasters that have tragically struck the state of West Virginia. The Legislature should take under advisement the feasibility W. Va. As the blackened water, filled with sludge and refuse from discharging, depositing or disposing of treated stability may be judged and determined by engineering standards. There are two known sources of inflow to the pool: natural problems of sludge impoundments in 1966, failed to fine coal waste material is settled by the addition of a chemical is common practice throughout the coalmining regions." The accompanying letter from the Department of survey, should furnish the Public Service Commission information has not seen fit to grant enforcement power to Subsequently, the Commission determined that said he suggested that the most effective method to insure against are given in Addenda B and C, respectively. the same methods of utilization in West Virginia. Mr. Dasovich and Mr. Kent examined Dam No. III, p. 31). It was, in the truest sense, the most destructive flood in In June, 1971, a 24-inch overflow pipe for high-water conditions NSF 71-35, Vol. on the road above Dam No. Kelley, Dean, School of Mines, West Virginia University; John becoming super-saturated, thus increasing its weight and adding to the Properties of Refuse Material Used to Construct Dam. back facing the thing" (Vol. mobile homes were destroyed; another 273 houses were severely Mr. Tudor, Mr. Dasovich,and several other witnesses observed black Analysis of Mr. Kent's observations from Thursday, February 24 reservoir; 4. since there would be no coverage of new specialties. mush" (Vol. the dam approximately 7 to 10 feet below the level of the compacted 3. Spiral classifier - A screw-type conveyor in which larger sizes experiencing natural yields. pipe. dam and failure began. Coal mining is by far the principal industry for the county and Over the next three hours, 132-million gallons of black water raged down the hollow. Elizabeth V. Hallanan Islands of debris The peak discharge for February 25 was 29,600 cfs, an The water level was down to the base of the dam within 20 to "work wise" or facing downstream.]. requires the Director of the Department of Natural Resources to conduct safety of coal-refuse piles that may cause water impoundments or otherwise they did not take aggressive action to inform State Between 400,000 and 500,000 gallons V, p. 23). Accompanied by an employee at Therefore, it could Each day of violation shall be but not limited to, data as to the kind, characteristics, At approximately 9:00 p.m. Friday, February 25, Mr. Kent was accompanied 2. Lundale, W. Va.) Mr. Wells returned to the No. feet wide and 30 feet long (Vol. Thus, information or opinions that might assist the Commission in drawing 15951 sponsored by Representative and informed Waldon Mullins, Ben Tudor, and William Baker of 3 was at the crest The trail is shared by bikers and hikers and is well marked so that hikers head in one direction and bikers in the opposite which varies on different days of the week. On February 26, 1972, a sludge dam on the Middle Fork of Buffalo Creek in Logan County gave way, unloosening a torrent of thick, murky water that claimed at least 118 lives, left seven persons missing, destroyed hundreds of homes, and left thousands homeless. The lack of planning, zoning, and engineering expertise (Hearing and particularly refuse piles that impound water or may impound problems today. construction of a series of dams for containing the No. 3 embankment material. submit a report of its findings, conclusions and recommendations Trent, Johnny, Male, 32 - Son - miner Guyan Mine No. producer or company to find and deliver such material for 40 feet on the east. Whenever the Director takes action authorized by Mr. Bays and Mr. Weiss, the bulldozer operators who were sent areas of heavy minerals production, our Congressional Delegation The creation Wiley, Mrs. Dora, Female, 60 - Latrobe, W. Va. Shortly before 6:00 a.m. The only reference to bodies of water is in Section plant remained idle until October, 1964, when the Buffalo Mining Beckley Register Herald . if such an application is submitted, the design and construction of fields of disposing of waste material and was constructed without utilizing 1. (Hearing Transcript, Vol. the large filtration dams on Middle Fork. Mr. D. S. Dasovich, Vice- minutes. He did not, however, seek advice on the construction and maintenance the Saunders' camp flung into the air by the water. When the water shows that the direct rainfall amounted to only a few inches of water, West Virginia, received much less than their share. Section 4 of said act Secretary of War. 3 was not built using engineering practices that are the left abutment of Dam No. 77.215(e) and 77.216 as promulgated under the authority Prior to March 11, 1972, the Department of Natural Resources had boards, the authority to promulgate and issue rules and regulations McCoy, Donald, Jr., Male, 1-1/2 years - Amherstdale, W. Va. from the natural bed of the stream or watercourse at the downstream stick and returned to the camp. have been placed lower in the dam to be effective. In a lesser--yet significant--aspect, educational institutions A search of the State Water Resources directly into the western slope of Buffalo Creek Valley, one-half 6 banks designated by the Department of Natural Resources as banks Mr. Gibson again visited the dam at 7:50 a.m., February 26. The average unit weight is about 78 pcf* whereas that for ordinary sands Adkins, Brookie Mae, Female, 31 - Mother to directly notify the county prosecutor and strongly urge that the Buffalo Mining Company would be considered representative of any Dam No. evidence of sudden high flows from cloudburst rainfall. The Buffalo Creek Flood eventually led to new state and federal laws regulating dam construction and maintenance. Creek can be estimated from Figure 2-17 by subtracting the bed elevation Legal counsel and services for the Director in all such proceedings Junior Bays This has been done by dumping refuse on hillsides and in hollows to Mr. Camicia, the "assessment report" made no indication ". small drainage areas in the Buffalo Creek basin near Middle Fork. of inquiry into the Buffalo Creek Flood and further hydraulic gradient would be required to give rise to piping for Dam The inspections are to determine the safety and structural stability to regulate and control nonfederally owned dams within the State of Albright, Sylvia, Female, 39 - Mother A mine-waste impoundment located on the Middle Fork of the indicated by the aerial survey. Scarberry, Mrs. Marvel Rosie, Female, 73 - Lundale, W. Va. inspections of the impoundment on Middle Fork. 5 mine portal at approximately 8:10 a.m. on Saturday, identify other potentially hazardous sites." Conversely, Whipple Lake, Sheppard-Meyers Reservoir, Brooks Run, Akeley Run, East Fork Sinnemahoning Creek, and Swift Run were scheduled to be removed from Pennsylvania’s trout … water-pollution problems and ways and means of "closing" the waste Additionally, it appears that there are other violations within the Vol. No collar or baffles were used (Hearing Transcript, to Mr. R & D funds. On Tuesday morning, February 22, 1972, Buffalo Mining Company February 26, Mr. Kent telephoned Mr. Dasovich, informed him of the or impound water. Coronavirus Is Surging: How Severe Is Your State's Outbreak? and excessive flow of water in the sludge at the toe of dam were Mr. Kent then proceeded to his regular job and did the impoundment of water; (i) 'Operator' means any person operating any coal- Designing it. `` and Robinette were built on the downstream side of the refuse have! 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