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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Footprints in the clay sandbar at Town Creek on the Dan River reveal a dark layer of coal ash about an inch below the surface. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Mark Bishopric, a managing partner of Three Rivers Outfitters, paddles past the Duke energy Dan River Steam Station Tuesday. Coal ash was leaked into the river below the steam station. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Duke Energy scaffolding supports equipment plugging the pipe that leaked coal ash into the Dan River. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway. (This is the site of the pipe where the original large leak happened.)
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station (seen upstream from the plant and the leak) leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    George Walter "Sausage" Johnson, 70, farms large tract of land next to the Dan River near the Draper Landing that has flooded in the past. Years ago he work at the Dan River Steam Station. Johnson also runs a store that sells hunting supplies among other items. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Audie Land, 55, has a cattle farm near the Dan River. He says his children and grandchildren, along with many other locals, swim in the river at the Draper Landing. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Audie Land, 55, has a cattle farm near the Dan River. He says his children and grandchildren, along with many other locals, swim in the river at the Draper Landing. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Craig Dabbs, 41, (left) and his uncle Phil rich, 76, (in pick up truck), are somewhat concerned with the coal ash spill in the Dan River. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Craig Dabbs, 41, (left) and his uncle Phil rich, 76, (in pick up truck), are somewhat concerned with the coal ash spill in the Dan River. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Mark Bishopric, a managing partner of Three Rivers Outfitters in Eden, NC, paddled the Dan River. He's concerned with how the coal ash spill by Duke energy will affect aquatic and animal life in and around the river. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Mark Bishopric, a managing partner of Three Rivers Outfitters in Eden, NC, paddled the Dan River. He's concerned with how the coal ash spill by Duke energy will affect aquatic and animal life in and around the river. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Mark Bishopric, a managing partner of Three Rivers Outfitters in Eden, NC, who often paddles the Dan River stopped at the Town Creek clay sandbar to check out the coal ash sediment deposit. He's concerned with how the coal ash spill by Duke energy will affect aquatic and animal life in and around the river. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Mark Bishopric, a managing partner of Three Rivers Outfitters in Eden, NC, carries his canoe up the steps of the Draper Landing on the Dan River. He's concerned with how the coal ash spill by Duke energy will affect aquatic and animal life in and around the river. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The Draper Landing on the Dan River just east of Eden is a regular summer swimming hot spot for area locals. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Duke Energy scaffolding supports equipment plugging the pipe that leaked coal ash into the Dan River. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte Observer reporter, Elizabeth Leland paddled the Dan River near the site of Duke Energy's coal ash leak on the river. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte Observer reporter, Elizabeth Leland paddled the Dan River near the site of Duke Energy's coal ash leak on the river. She and mark Bishopric, a managing partner of Three Rivers Outfitters stopped at the juncture of the Dan and Town Creek. The Dan River in Eden, NC was running high Tuesday February 25, 2014. New estimates by a team of experts using a drone say a coal ash pond at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station leaked at least 35 million gallons tons of coal ash into the Dan River after a drainage pipe running beneath the coal ash pond failed pouring the substance into the waterway.
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