Ever since LG&E spokesperson Chip Keeling said that no coal ash left the company’s Cane Run property last week — after video was released showing just that — we joked that LG&E must have constructed an invisible force field around their coal ash landfill.
Well, yesterday we learned from their neighbors across the street that LG&E will in fact build a force field around their landfill… only it will be visible, resembling the Berlin Wall.
LG&E, which is always a straight shooter, explained it this way:
“We have decided that this would be another measure that we could install at the plant to further reduce emissions coming from the site,” LG&E spokeswoman Chris Whelan said. “We think this is just one more step in the process.”
Well that is certainly nice of them to build a 223-feet long, 50-foot tall fence around the landfill.
But one has to wonder, since their sludge processing plant has been known to throw ash cloud far greater than 50 feet into the air, how would their “dust net” stop it?
Also, check out this video that Cane Run resident Greg Walker took of the coal ash landfill on a day when the sludge processing plant was not even turned on:
As you can see, the giant mountain of coal ash — which LG&E repeatedly insists is like concrete — lets forth huge clouds of dust when a strong wind comes along, whether or not the plant is on. That giant mountain of coal ash is almost 100-feet tall and almost a mile long, meaning that the fence would only cover around 5 percent of it length-wise, and have the mountain tower over it.
The neighbors across the street tell LEO that LG&E’s motives for building the fence might have to do with all of the video they’ve released over the past week of the dust clouds blowing out of their landfill. While the fence may or may not be able to keep some of the dust from coming out, it can certainly inhibit the camera angle from Greg Walker’s house, and keep those snooping neighbors from being able to distribute a good view of those images to others.
Then again, maybe LG&E is being completely honest and responsible, showing great concern for the health of their neighbors. Anything is possible, right?