Rick Masley, St. Albans, Kanawha County

Freedom Industries is responsible for leaking Eastmans Crude MCHC product into the Elk River Watershead.

West Virginia American Water is responsible for not removing it from the water they supply to their customers nor detecting it while first saying their plant was removing it.

Various city and state representatives are responsible for declaring a state of emergency and preventing 300K citizens the us of water without any evidence it is unsafe which has also crippled thousands of businesses. They are also liable for gross negligence for ignoring Freedom Industries Tier 2 form disclosure and not having any plans in place for a dealing with a leak when they were fully aware that the tank farm was situated on the Elk and less than 1.5 miles from WVAW’s water intake. Over the years they’ve accepted 10’s of millions of dollars of tax payers money to plan for events like these.

This is a terrible situation infinitely exacerbated by the negligence of many individuals. There will be a reckoning in the coming weeks and months and all will be held fully accountable for their failures.

I urge every body affected by this travesty to first secure water and food provisions for their family, check on your neighbors and then to seek legal representation as soon as possible. There will be lawsuits against a multitude of public and private entities. Please file your claim as soon as possible to ensure that you can be compensated before the bankruptcies and insurance limits.



  1. I have a cat to look after. And am dehydrated. The thought that the city did not prevent this disaster is inexcusable. And could have been prevented. They don’t seem in a hurry to end it. There could be loss of life because of this.

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