Today I watched a thought provocative, unanimated, disciplined documentary over the follow-up on news reported on contamination of American water resources & the blunted rampant corruption within the agencies responsible on enforcing the environment protection laws, laying muted.
It begins with west-virginia case of MCHM, whose extreme pungent nature lead citizen scientists reporting their potable water appropriations by freedom industry, whose outdated non-conforming tanks leaked these into Elk river.
Brilliantly edited, with actual voices & evidential tapes, including the many confessions interviewed exposing the system lapse and reasons behind ignorance and how comfortably it was hidden under people’s lack of knowledge.
The highlight of this documentary is the exposure at how government tried to skew the picture calling contaminated water as ‘perfectly safe’- not just once, but in an evangelistic manner, denying of any hazard that it may cause and shamelessly falsifying any relations draw between the symptoms reported by people and water contamination.
In a painfully long 1 hr 24 min documentary, you twitch uncomfortably on the couch, as it outlines every scenario and narrates every apathy behind the onioned-layered government policies & law enforcing environmental (NEPA) & health agencies (CDC)
At the back of my mind, I tried to comprehend how skewed the picture on dead rivers be in India. And now so many several crores of money spent on rejuvenating rivers are going in vain. Are we witnessing the same scenario? May be we are a little ahead on the timeline, as rivers in India are already dead. They support the few leftout scavenger ecosystem, and almost no villages draw drinking water from the rivers anymore, as most rely on the processed dam water or the bore well sucking into an increasing dropping level of water table due to drying up of rivers and disappearing lakes.