Frustration grows days after W.Va. chemical spill
By MITCH WEISS and BRENDAN FARRINGTON
Jan 12, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Frustration is mounting for many of the 300,000 West Virginia residents who’ve gone three days without clean tap water.
Chris Laws found bottled water on Saturday for his two elderly next-door neighbors.
“They can’t get out,” said Laws, 42, of Marmet, a coal miner. “I’m keeping an eye on them. You got to watch out for your neighbors. They’re the ones who are going to watch out for you.”
He said he was angry at the company at the center of the leak, Freedom Industries.
“A lot of people are facing bad situations because of this,” he said. “They’re struggling. What I don’t understand is how did this happen?”
The emergency began Thursday following complaints to West Virginia American Water about a licorice-type odor in the tap water. The source: the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, which had leaked out of a 40,000-gallon tank at a Freedom Industries facility along the Elk River.