The Tweet shown above from the Arkansas branch of a political lobby group underwritten by the billionaire Koch brothers naturally caught my attention. Mighty nice of the Kochs to round up assistance for victims of a chemical spill in West Virginia. It would be nicer still if they’d round up support for safety rules for chemical storage facilities such as the one from which chemicals leaked into the water supply. Environmentalists took note of the sudden concern:
Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, told HuffPost, “As someone who lives in West Virginia, this feels like a slap in the face. These are the same fossil fuel billionaires who’ve been fighting relentlessly to end protections from the kind of contamination we’re seeing in the Elk River, and now they’re scrambling to cover their tails while failing to even acknowledge the cause of this disaster. It’s a blatant abdication of responsibility at a time when the hundreds of thousands of families affected here in West Virginia deserve answers and solutions that will prevent crises like this from ever happening again.”
The Kochs don’t own Freedom Industries, which owns the facility from which chemicals leaked. But the company is a distributor of coal mining chemicals manufactured by the Koch-owned Georgia-Pacific and distributed in West Virginia and other states.