Condemn Energy Company’s Mishandling of Pollution

Duke Energy

Target: President of Duke Energy Lynn J. Good

Goal: Condemn energy company for pumping more ashwater into rivers

Duke Energy has been in a lot of hot water recently when a coal ash spill coated the Dan River with toxic sludge for over 70 miles in North Carolina and Virginia. The spill dumped hazardous metals such as arsenic and lead into the water and another discovery by environmental groups found an illegal drain pipe dumping ashwater into a canal that leads into the Cape Fear River. The company should be swiftly condemned for their negligence and complete disregard for the environment.

Environmentalists at the Waterkeeper Alliance grew suspicious when they were reading over regulatory documents on Duke Energy. They were concerned with what the company was doing with the left over toxic ash from burning coal. The environmentalists found the answer when a team hitched a ride in an aircraft and took pictures of what looked like a pipe pumping ashwater from the company’s pools and dumping it into a nearby canal and woods. The location was tucked away in the woods of North Carolina, and to the environmentalists, it looked like the company was covering up another illegal activity.

Dumping of this caliber is considered illegal by the Clean Water Act and state laws. The canal also leads to the Cape Fear River, which is a primary source of drinking water for downstream cities. This illegal activity will definitely not be overlooked as federal investigators are digging into the coal ash spill of early 2014. Environmentalists suspected state regulators of being too soft on Duke Energy; both environmentalists and federal investigators believe that the energy company offered money and gifts to the regulators to overlook problems.

The company has responded to this discovery by stating that the pumps were legal, but environmentalists are calling foul. Why would state regulators allow dumping of harmful and hazardous materials into a canal that feeds into a protected river? Sign this petition and condemn the company for their actions, as it is endangering the environment and the public.


Dear Lynn J. Good,

Thanks to the efforts of the Waterkeeper Alliance, this environmentalist group found a pipe that is illegally dumping waste water into a canal that feeds into the cape Fear River. This river is a source of drinking water for those downstream and I know hazardous materials like arsenic and lead were found in your company’s coal ash spill recently. I am deeply concerned that these materials will be consumed by both humans and animals and your negligence should be condemned.

I realize that your company stated that these pipes were permitted by state regulators, but when the regulators themselves are being scrutinized by federal authorities, I cannot believe your reassurance. I also do not see how state regulators would allow your company to dump toxic water into protected waters and endanger the lives of humans, wildlife, and our environment. I hope the federal investigators punish your company’s negligence and ensure that it doesn’t happen again.


[Your Name Here]

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