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Tar Creek
Library Journal. 137.20 (Dec. 1, 2012): p53. From Literature Resource Center.
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Tar Creek. color. 54 min. Matt Myers, Jump the Fence Prod., dist. by Bullfrog Films, 800-543-3764; 2012. DVD ISBN 9781937772024. $250 (Rental: $85). Public performance; SDH subtitles. ENVIRONMENT

Tar Creek, in northeast Oklahoma, is the site of the sprawling Eagle-Picher mine, which yielded lead and zinc for six decades. Many residents of the area are Quapaw natives, whose ancestors walked the Trail of Tears from Arkansas in the 1830s. When the operation finally closed in the 1970s, it left landscapes of tailings piles, tailings ponds, contaminated waterways, and sinkholes. More insidious is the lead dust blowing into nearby yards. Tar Creek is known as the worst Superfund site in the nation, covering 40 square miles. Expensive government cleanup projects have produced limited results. This award-winning video follows negotiations for a buyout and relocation of local nonnatives. According to Myers, this still leaves the Quapaw with chronic illness and blighted land. Original blues music by Watermelon Slim sets the tone. VERDICT This grim exploration of our toxic legacy doesn't spare mine owners, bureaucrats, or politicians. Although regulations are much stricter today, viewers will ask themselves whether any agency is willing or able to remediate former mine sites properly.--David R. Conn, formerly with Surrey Libs., BC

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
Conn, David R. "Tar Creek." Library Journal, 1 Dec. 2012, p. 53. Literature Resource Center, Accessed 24 June 2019.

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