Workers attempt to contain an 8,000 gallon diesel fuel spill from the Duke Energy W.C. Beckjord Power Station in New Richmond, Ohio near Cincinnati on August 19, 2014. The Coast Guard has established a fifteen mile safety zone on the Ohio River to facilitate spill assessment and response operations. Duke Energy has assumed responsibility for the spill clean-up. Greenpeace Photo by David Sorcher
Monday night Duke Energy spilled about 5,000 gallons of diesel during a "routine fuel transfer" into the Ohio River at the W.C Beckjord Power Station in New Richmond, Ohio. The coal plant lies a little under 20 miles to the east of Cincinnati and a few miles upstream from the drinking water intake for close to 2 million people. Intake valves for drinking water have been closed.
Duke has agreed to takeresponsibility for the spill and does not expect to have ratepayers foot the bill for clean up costs. However, in North Carolina Duke taking responsibility is only cleaning up 8% of the Coal Ash from the broken pipe in the Dan River. February 2014 , Duke was responsible for one of the worst Coal Ash spills in the country. What Duke does not seem to get is that real responsibility is protecting communities, ending the use of fossil fuels and investing in solar and wind in Cincinnati.
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Kate Melges is an oceans campaigner based in Seattle. She authors the Tuna Shopping Guide and helps lead Greenpeace’s sustainable seafood campaign. Kate’s focus is pushing U.S. canned tuna brands to provide sustainable and ethically sourced tuna.