Freedom Industries chemical spill News

Former West Virginia Chemical Company Execs. Request Delay of Trials

Four former executives of a West Virginia chemical company are asking a judge to delay their trials on charges stemming from the January 2014 chemical spill. Attorneys for former Freedom Industries President Gary Southern and former owners Dennis Farrell, Charles …

Ex-Owner of West Virginia Chemical Co. Responsible for Spill Requests Trial Delay

The former owner of a chemical company that fouled drinking water used by hundreds of thousands of West Virginia residents wants his trial delayed. Attorneys for Charles Herzing cite the heft of documents they must review and a scheduled New …

New Charge Filed for Ex-President of Company Behind West Virginia Chemical Spill

A former Freedom Industries executive charged in a West Virginia chemical spill is facing a new federal fraud charge stemming from the company’s bankruptcy. A federal grand jury in Beckley handed up a superseding indictment on Wednesday against former Freedom …

3 Executives Charged in West Virginia Chemical Spill Plead Not Guilty

Three executives charged in last January’s West Virginia chemical spill have pleaded not guilty in federal court. The pleas came a day after an FBI affidavit was unsealed, saying Freedom Industries knew about critical flaws at its Charleston plant more …

Exec in West Virginia Chemical Spill Charged with Lying About Role

A West Virginia executive faces charges of lying to protect his personal wealth from lawsuits after his company spilled chemicals into 300,000 people’s water supply in January, according to a criminal complaint Monday. The complaint unsealed this week in U.S. …

Judge Worried Freedom Industries to Abandon Chemical Spill Cleanup

A bankruptcy judge is concerned that a chemical company may abandon the site of a massive January spill without cleaning it up. Judge Ronald Pearson expressed the concern in an order filed last Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston. …

West Virginia Water Utility Balks at $2.9M Chemical Spill Proposal

A utility is opposing a $2.9 million bankruptcy settlement that would fund projects to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in January. West Virginia American Water says Freedom Industries shouldn’t use money from its insurance proceeds to pay for …

Freedom Industries’ Insurance Settlement Plan Favors Nonprofits

Freedom Industries Inc., whose leaking chemical tank made much of West Virginia’s water undrinkable early this year, filed a proposed Chapter 11 plan this week that offers nothing to people with claims for polluted water. Instead, proceeds from a settlement …

Chemical Spill Claims Against West Virginia Company Top $160M

When coal-cleaning chemicals seeped into West Virginia’s biggest water supply in January, the city of Cincinnati had a decision to make 200 miles downstream. As the city feared, a sheet of contaminants cruised down the Elk River, into the Kanawha …

West Virginia Seeks $1.8M from Bankrupt Freedom Industries for Spill

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state’s largest water supply. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed the claim in bankruptcy court in Charleston. The claim against Freedom Industries covers …