Tag Archives: environment

Columbia Packing Company Secretly Pumps Blood Into Texas River

25 Jan

It started out innocently enough. A small plane pilot was fooling around with a $75 camera he recently bought. When he got home, he checked out his pictures and noticed something really odd. A small Texas river that seemed to be dark red.

The pilot notified the county who launched an investigation. The Department of Health and Human Services took their own pictures and confirmed that Cedar Creek (which filters into the Trinity River) was indeed red.

They linked the pollution to The Columbia Packing Company in Oak Cliff, Texas and obtained a search warrant. After checking the plant thorougly, investigators discovered a secondary pipe that tested positive for pig’s blood. That’s right, the slaughterhouse has been secretly disposing of pig’s blood into a creek that filtered into a community river.

A city councilman was asked to leave when he attempted to visit the plant and environmental groups have decried the incident. As of right now, the plant remains open.

Gross, just gross. You can see the red river in the bottom left corner of the above picture.

Photo: sUAS News

New Job!

9 Jan

Sorry I’ve been away from this for far too long, but my life has been full of lots of interesting advancements in recent days. I started a new job! I’m pleased to report that I’m now, well reporting, for a company called Bloomberg BNA. My official title is staff reporter in the environmental news division.

It’s a really exciting post. I’m super excited with my colleagues; everyone seems really kind and knowledgable. I should get some experience reporting on Capitol Hill and will wear a bunch of hats (I’ll probably be covering a wide variety of topics).

Our office is located in Crystal City, Virginia. I’m excited about the possibility of potentially biking into work. It sounds like that would be possible with very minimal road riding. The network of trails sounds extensive.

Happy to answer any questions about this new exciting chapter in my life! Oh, and I will begin blogging more frequently again. I do miss my updates.