The Kinder Morgan coal export terminal in Louisiana is flooded after Hurricane Isaac, polluting the surrounding environment for miles. September 5, 2012
In addition to oil washing up on the Gulf Coast
, Hurricane Isaac is exacerbating other fossil fuel industry impacts to the environment and communities along the Gulf Coast. The coal export terminal owned by Kinder Morgan on the Mississippi River
in Southern Louisiana was flooded by Hurricane Isaac’s torrential rains, which has left coal sludge and polluted water in the environment for miles around the facility.
Cattle stand in and drink from a ditch blackened by coal pollution from the Kinder Morgan coal export terminal in Louisiana, September 5, 2012
The flooded out coal terminal is a complete environmental disaster. The flood waters at this facility are inundated with coal and the sand barriers that the company built in a futile attempt to contain those waters failed, drastically. To make matters worse, the company is pumping the coal mixed water out of the facility directly into the surrounding landscape, river, and wetlands. For miles in each direction away from the terminal, there is a thick dark coating of coal on everything, including the community of Ironton. Cows can be seen drinking coal runoff. Birds can be seen searching for food in coal filled ditches. Active pumps can be seen displacing the flood waters from the grounds of the facility and into the surrounding environment.
Flood water at the Kinder Morgan coal export terminal in Louisiana is pumped into the environment outside the facility, September 5, 2012
Flood waters from Hurricane Issac are visible on the grounds of the Kinder Morgan coal export terminal in Louisiana, September 5, 2012
Kinder Morgan has a long history of pollution, lawbreaking, and cover-ups
, and this is yet another reminder of the inevitable impacts to communities of coal export terminals, as Kinder Morgan and other companies seek to build new coal export facilities in the Gulf Coast, and open up new routes to foreign markets through the Pacific Northwest.
Flood waters from Hurricane Issac sit among mountains of coal at the Kinder Morgan coal export terminal in Louisiana, September 5, 2012