Chemical spill in West Virginia leave 300,000 people without drinking water
by Cassady Craighill
January 10, 2014
© James DeCamp / Greenpeace
A chemical spill from A West Virginia facility used to treat coal of impurities has contaminated the drinking water of nine West Virginia counties leaving 200,000 without drinking water.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has issued a state of emergency and ordered people in those counties not to bathe, drink, cook or wash clothes using their water.
Freedom Industries is responsible for the leak from a48,000-gallon tank containing a compound called 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol.
The West Virginia National Guard has started distributing bottled drinking water to effected counties.