In West Virginia, Whitewater Rafting and the Long Tail of a Chemical Spill

11:16 am
Thu July 31, 2014

In West Virginia, Whitewater Rafting and the Long Tail of a Chemical Spill

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The economic impact of January's chemical spill from Freedom Industries into the Elk River is still not fully known. But, as The Washington Post reports, rafting companies on the New and Gauley Rivers say they are hurting even though the Elk doesn't flow into the rafting region.
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. - Dave Arnold stares at the giant whiteboard, searching for clues that his slow summer may finally be picking up, lifting like the New River Gorge's morning fog. The whiteboard hangs inside the storefront of a local photo studio. It lists every commercial whitewater rafting trip for the coming week on the New and Gauley rivers.