On January 9th, a chemical leak at a facility maintained by Freedom Industries dumped an estimated 7,500 gallons of a dangerous chemical called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the Elk River just over a mile from a water intake facility that provides drinking water to 300,000 West Virginians.
In violation of West Virginia law, Freedom Industries failed to report the spill to authorities in a timely manner. Even Governor Earl Ray Tomblin -- who is known for being a coal industry apologist -- criticized the company for not being forthcoming about the danger posed to West Virginia residents by the spill.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin has launched a federal investigation to determine whether criminal charges are warranted, but in coal-friendly West Virginia he’ll likely come under pressure to let Freedom Industries off the hook with a slap on the wrist. We can’t allow that to happen.
Join Daily Kos and CREDO in telling U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin: Hold Freedom Industries fully accountable for poisoning West Virginia’s water supply.
Hold Freedom Industries fully accountable for spilling an estimated 7,500 gallons of a dangerous coal-washing chemical called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the Elk River and putting the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians at risk.