Freedom Industries chemical spill News

Ex-Freedom President Gets 1 Month in Prison for West Virginia Chemical Spill

An executive who appeared unsympathetic when he spoke to the public after a chemical spill sullied tap water for 300,000 people in West Virginia was sentenced to one month in federal prison Wednesday. Ex-Freedom Industries President Gary Southern, who told …

Ex-Freedom Industries Exec Sentenced to 1 Month for West Virginia Chemical Spill

A former Freedom Industries executive was sentenced Feb. 11 to one month in federal prison for a chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Dennis Farrell also was fined $20,000 in U.S. District Court. “I’m …

Company Responsible for West Virginia Chemical Receives ‘Symbolic’ Fine

A bankrupt chemical company responsible for a spill that contaminated a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 residents was fined $900,000 on pollution charges Feb. 4, with a judge noting that Freedom Industries likely could …

Prosecutors Request Guilty Plea Hearing for Executive in West Virginia Spill Case

Federal prosecutors want a judge to schedule a guilty plea hearing for the top executive charged in a massive chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia’s biggest drinking water supply last year. In federal court in Charleston on July 22, prosecutors …

Bankruptcy Judge Approves $2.5M Cleanup Deal in West Virginia Spill Case

A bankruptcy judge has approved a $2.5 million deal involving the cleanup of a massive 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia. The order July 8 by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson says the agreement is in the best interests of …

Judge Won’t Recuse Prosecutors on West Virginia Chemical Spill Trial

A judge will let federal prosecutors keep working on a criminal case over a chemical spill last year in West Virginia, shooting down arguments that prosecutors should be recused from the case because they were among the 300,000 people without …

Freedom Industries to Pay $2.5M in West Virginia Spill Cleanup

The company behind a massive chemical spill last year has reached a $2.5 million deal with West Virginia environmental regulators for cleaning up its contaminated site, according to new court filings. The Charleston Gazette reports Freedom Industries released the plan …

Prosecutors Say No to Moving West Virginia Chemical Spill Criminal Case

Prosecutors oppose a motion by former executives asking a judge to move their criminal case over a chemical spill. In Charleston federal court May 29, prosecutors wrote that ex-Freedom Industries officials Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell didn’t sufficiently prove that …

Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Freedom Industries’ Chemical Spill Settlement

A judge has rejected a $6.7 million bankruptcy plan by the company behind a January 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia. In a federal bankruptcy court filing last week, Judge Ronald Pearson said Freedom Industries and state environmental regulators haven’t …

Freedom Industries Seeks to Settle West Virginia Spill Case for $2.7M

Freedom Industries wants to wrap up its bankruptcy case by paying a variety of groups $6.7 million, including $2.7 million for victims of the company’s January 2014 chemical spill that sullied the water supply across nine counties. The company offered …