Friday, January 10, 2014
ABC: just 2-3 gallons of spilled coal chemical caused water emergency for 300,000 in 9 W VA counties
Update: later reports from other sources say 4,000-5,000 gallons of the
below-mentioned chemical were released into West Virginia's water.
Freedom Industries, which was unavailable for comment, allowed, according to ABC News, just 2-3 gallons of a coal preparation foaming agent, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, to overflow a containment facility and spill into the Elk River, near a huge West Virginia American Water plant nearby, one of the largest in the Eastern U.S.
300,000 people are affected in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, and Roane counties.