[Editor’s Note: Massive manure spills and their impact, such as described below, are happening all over the country. This particular account comes from Wisconsin.]
By John Bobbe
Source: Elvis Kennedy
My wife and I have lived on the Door Peninsula in the same neighborhood for 36 years. It is the thumb on Wisconsin that sticks out into Lake Michigan. Door County is billed as the “Cape Cod” of the Midwest with over 300 miles of shoreline along the Bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. The county prides itself as a destination for millions of tourists.
On September 16, our home in Wisconsin’s southern Door County was in the path of a 640,000 gallon liquid manure spill from a neighbor’s 250 + cow dairy herd when a Slurrystore valve failed to close. It was the second mishap within a week in the county.
An earlier spill in Jacksonport, north of Sturgeon Bay occurred when liquid manure was being applied to a field and ran down a sinkhole. Several wells were and continue to be contaminated as of this writing. People and pets have gotten sick and it has turned into a battle of insurance companies. Read Full Article »