Isn’t this just rich with irony? One of President Obama’s favorite “green” energy companies is being sued in North Carolina for polluting water. The CEO of Duke Energy, Jim Rogers, is a big supporter of the president and donated tons of dough to his campaign and the Democratic National Convention, so this probably won’t get a whole lot of media coverage.
The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation (CRF) filed a notice of intent on Tuesday announcing that they plan to sue Duke for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.
The plaintiffs claim Duke allowed carcinogenic chemicals from coal ash storage facilities to leak into Mountain Island Lake, Charlotte’s primary drinking water reservoir.
“Duke is discharging polluted water into the lake. The pollution includes arsenic, cobalt, boron, barium, strontium, manganese, zinc, and iron,” SELC and CRF claimed in a Tuesday news release.
Duke’s closeness with the Obama administration could be problematic for the president, who is already under pressure from environmentalist groups to kill the Keystone XL pipeline.
“The fact that the crony capitalists of Duke Energy, heavy donors to the Obama campaign, may be serious polluters ought to diminish the president’s credibility as a crusader for clean water and air,” said Matthew Vadum, a senior editor at the Capital Research Center.
Read the whole thing, you don’t want to miss the part about Duke Energy receiving $200 million in stimulus subsidies and exemptions from the National Environmental Policy Act. It pays to buy friends in high places, now if they can only do away with this pesky little lawsuit.