Coal tar plume seeped out

Drillers appear to have found coal tar in the bedrock beneath Sandusky. They found a "dark brown oily substance," which smelled and looked like coal tar. It will now be taken to a laboratory to be tested.
Jason Singer
Jun 15, 2010

 

Drillers appear to have found coal tar in the bedrock beneath Sandusky. They found a "dark brown oily substance," which smelled and looked like coal tar. It will now be taken to a laboratory to be tested.

For many months last year, the city argued about whether coal tar had seeped into the bedrock. Former city commissioners Bob Warner and Craig Stahl and environmental consultant Partners Environmental said it hadn't. City commissioners Dan Kaman and Dave Waddington and brownfield consultants Bob and Ruth Haag said it had.

Through the drilling, the city also hopes to determine if coal tar has already reached Deep Water Marina.

Replay the webcast of the city commission meeting at www.sanduskyregister.com.

Read the full story in our complete online newspaper or in today's Register.

 

Comments

clementine

Certainly our ex mayor, Craig Stahl, wasn't wrong.  And the Environmental specialists can't be wrong, especially when they were paid for the study.  So - who is trying to put the coal tar over our eyes?  Keep questioning Dan, Dave and the Haags.  We need you more than ever!  Hope you heard the sarcasm in my comment concerning Stahl.  Mr. Know-It-All - just ask him.  Hope this doesn't turn out to be our own mini BP tragedy.

tortoise

 Check out the interview with the Ohio EPA and the Haags here: http://eriewire.org/2010/06/15/sandusky-oh-coal-tar-plume-update-fourth-hole-request-interview-with-haag-environmental-and-ohio-epa-slideshow-podcast/

Lots of info floating around... Anxious to see what Sandusky International was all worked up about last year when they stacked the room with their people for the commission meetings?????

Truth or Dare

I watched a very interesting 2009 documentary on WVIZ/Public Broadcasting System this past Monday 6/14, entitled "Freshwater Seas:  The Great Lakes Region".   It centered around the pollution caused to the Great Lakes Region during the Industrial Era of which began and was centered along the Great Lakes Region, Lake Erie being the most contaminated,!   Not being a scientist, I figure it's cause Lake Erie is also the shallowest.  Remember when the Cuyahoga burned?!  I remember watching that on T.V. as a child, and when we were forbidden to swim in the Sandusky Bay, when  that nasty foam was washing up on our shores along w/scores of dead fish!!   Being itt's our nations largest source of freshwater, is an assest now in the sense that w/the industtry all but gone along the northcoast shores, it's been focused upon as sporting and recreational waters.   They continue working hard and to great lengths to clean up our Great Lakes!    Anyone from the City reads this, I challenge you to find this documentary and watch it yourselves,

Towards the end of the documentary, they spoke of all the work that's been done, the work ahead of them, the pacts made and the fact that there are still "hot spots", contaminated sites throughout.  According to the map they showed, sure did seem there was a big red dot right within the Sandusky Bay!   And  I'll say it again, this better explains as to why the Northcoast of the U.S. has the largest cancer rate of anywhere in the U.S.!  All those years of dumping crap into our waters!   It's no different w/the coal. they transport to and out of our Bay.   I grew up on the westend of Sandusky, there was coal dust spread for blocks!  This crap kills wildlife, the fish in our water have high contents of this-n-that, you don't think it'lll have adverse effects on humans?!

No wonder some within the City government weren't/aren't to keen on the drilling, for this "coal plume",  especially due to the fact that the City would as well be held monetarily responsible for helping w/the cost of clean-up!   I'm all for a beach at Lions, but before I'll swim in those waters, I want to know that they're doing everything they possibley can to FIND the contamination that is left behind and will do what is right to see that it's cleaned up!