Recent articles in the Akron Beacon Journal have focused on the poisoning of water in West Virginia by "leak(s)" from Freedom Industries, a plant producing chemicals to "clean coal." The articles did not tell us the reason for such a large area being dependent upon one water source. One is tempted to believe that no one wished to remember the reason for the many smaller communities losing their water sources and becoming dependent upon this one source. That reason? Private wells and area water sources had been fouled by coal and other types of mining activities to the point where they were unusable.