Follow the progress of clean-up at this Superfund site. And I had never heard about it. The story is tragic on so many levels, and Mr. In June 2006, after studies found most churches, homes and the school were in serious danger of caving in, a federal buyout was offered to any Picher residents who wanted to leave. This book should be required reading for all Ottawa County High School Students. And some of those students will be leaving during this school year.
I could drive no farther. It didn't seem to fit with the rest of the book in that the previous chapters were all heavily annoted with references and suddenly there is this editorial on the crumbling family, these chapters ran for about 51 pages. Performer s : Narrator, Matt Myers. Richard Clapp, Epidemiologist, Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Health, Boston University 'A moving film with a powerful message. Now, almost 30 years after being designated for federal cleanup by the Superfund program, Tar Creek residents are still fighting for decontamination, environmental justice, and ultimately, the buyout and relocation of their homes to safer ground. Provides a good balance of the facts and personal perspectives from local leaders, townspeople, archives, government representatives, public health officials, and tribal leaders. It is fairly up to date however, even including the tornado that went through the Pitcher area in May of 2008.
I was standing on ground zero of the biggest environmental disaster in the country, 25 miles from my front porch. Bill Lake and his family chose to move after a long fight to stay. Presents a strong, multipronged scientific case that touches on human biology, hydrology, ecology, geology, and atmospheric science. Netflix is a registered trademark of Netflix, Inc. The film recognizes the societal importance of the lead, zinc, and other metals that were extracted, but it raises important questions about the severe costs, many of which continue to be borne decades after production has ceased. Other seemingly insignificant actions and events create ripples that become waves that become tsunamis that etch a lasting mark on the shores of history.
However, they will still live very near the Superfund site. The piece looks back as far as 100 years into Tar Creek's history when the U. After a February 2007 local election, it was decided that the school would stay open for another year, although enrollment is down. Gray mountains of crushed ore stretching skyward, a hungry, brown sinkhole crawling toward my front bumper. Provides a good balance of the facts and personal perspectives from local leaders, townspeople, archives, government representatives, public health officials, and tribal leaders.
Learn more about childhood lead poisoning. The science is well researched and credible, and the social story is compelling. Description: 1 online resource 1 streaming video file 54 min. How does uranium mining impact the land and the health of people? The reason for the low rating is because although it was interesting to read about the Quapaw, with a title of Tar Creek I expected a lot more on the aftermath of the site. I parked in the middle of the road, and stepping nervously out of my truck, and I stood with my mouth open. Mining operations in this region of Oklahoma were both an environmental assault and a cultural assault.
This is where the real tragedy lies—a tribe that has already been once removed from its ancestral homelands is left with an immense amount of waste on the land they were relocated to. He has written several books as well as weekly articles on his website culturewarrior. Until the community fights back. Receive occasional notice of our new releases and special offers. Suitable for high school and college courses in cultural anthropology, development anthropology, environmental anthropology, Native American studies, and American studies, as well as general audiences. Their interest in environmental issues and the impact they have on local communities is of special importance to them; their work on Tar Creek is a natural extension of their environmentalism and commitment to community empowerment. This section starts out making few references to the Quapaw and finally almost none at all as it goes into the mining of the region during the boom years and beyond, ca.
It is dramatic viewing and highly recommended for anyone who lives in the United States or on the earth. While measuring a dusty road in Picher, I was surprised to find that the road stopped at a sinkhole. The piece looks back as far as 100 years into Tar Creek's history when the U. The third section was somewhat opinionated with a subtle negative right wing slant against Native Americans, in a history revisionist kind of way. I would have liked to hear more from a family or child's perspective.
Currently serving as the Associate Director for The Center for Evaluation Innovation in Washington, D. After decades of mining, towering piles of mine waste covered 25,000 acres, devastating Quapaw tribal lands and local economies. Explores the controversial issue of mountaintop removal mining by following a grassroots fight to stop the process in West Virginia. Nearly 30 years after being designated as a Superfund cleanup program, residents are still struggling. The science is well researched and credible, and the social story is compelling.