January 13th, 2014
08:40 PM ET

West Virginia chemical spill site last inspected in 1991

For four days, hundreds or thousands of people in West Virginia haven't been able to use their tap water.

Not to brush their teeth, cook, bathe, or even wash a dish.

West Virginia chemical spill casts spotlight on loose regulation

There's a sign of relief for some with a partial lift on the state's water ban for about 5,000 customers - many of them large commercial users.

But the company has been operating without government oversight for over 20 years.

CNN's Jean Casarez has the story.

Filed under: Environment • News • West Virginia Chemical Spill
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