Freedom Industries chemical spill News

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 …

Freedom Industries, West Virginia Sign Spill Site Cleanup Agreement

Freedom Industries and West Virginia regulators have signed an agreement for cleaning up the site of a 2014 chemical spill in the Elk River that prompted a tap water ban for 300,000 people for days. The agreement announced Tuesday by …

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 …