January 10th, 2014
08:38 PM ET

Chemical spill leaves 300,000 West Virginians without water

There's a state of emergency in West Virginia and the people there getting more desperate by the minute.

The water that some 300,000 West Virginians usually depend on to slake their thirst, wash their bodies and brush their teeth is now good for only one thing - flushing their toilets, authorities told them Friday.

300,000 West Virginians told not to drink or bathe in water after chemical leak

Their water supply has been potentially poisoned by a dangerous chemical. And there's no water to drink.
It's all sold out. Grocery store shelves empty. People are forced to melt ice for water. Restaurants and schools are closed.

The company that may be responsible for the chemical spill, Freedom Industries has been issued a "cease operations" order.

OutFront: Mayor of Charleston, West Virginia, Danny Jones, whose town is at the center of this scare and environmental activist Erin Brockovich, who's team is now headed to West Virginia.

Filed under: Environment • News • West Virginia Chemical Spill
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Lori Tate

    You need to get your story straight!! There is no shortage of water and there is no rioting because of this situation. Water is being distributed free to anyone who needs it and the stores have plenty of bottled water. I just came from my local Kroger store and they have at least 30 pallets of bottled water. If you want to really know what is going on here why don't you some and see for yourself and report the facts not fiction!!!

    January 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  2. wildernessyes

    Clean coal. Right?

    Shut down this business and others like it, put the leaders of this business in jail for a long time. They should only be allowed to drink the water the polluted.

    Wake up West Virginia.

    January 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  3. Betty

    Where is FEMA????

    January 11, 2014 at 11:00 am | Reply
  4. Daniel

    Publicity, this is good! Publicity of inadequate regulation/management. I do hope they hold to task our WV politicians who are fighting to cripple the EPA's effectiveness and authority.

    January 11, 2014 at 2:31 am | Reply
  5. Melanie Paul

    Thank you Erin! We have a beautiful state here in West Virginia and these chemical companies are slowly killing us here and no one has seemed to care until this horrible disaster happened yesterday which has affected nine counties in our state thus far and who knows how many more may be affected in the future. I sincerely appreciate you taking time to investigate this devastating water contamination. You may have a sequel to your first movie after you visit us.

    January 10, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Reply

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