Freedom Industries News

Executives in West Virginia Chemical Spill Facing Criminal Charges

When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia’s capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak. He seemed to brush …

FEMA Reimburses West Virginia Entities for Chemical Spill Costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reimbursed $1.4 million to local and state governments, hospitals and some non-profit groups for costs related to January’s chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia. The Charleston Daily Mail reports FEMA assistance has been awarded …

Missteps Ongoing at West Virginia’s Freedom Industries

For the West Virginia company that sullied 300,000 people’s drinking water to start the year, slip-ups like not reading emails and leaving the company chemical headquarters unattended have produced problems for months. Contractor troubles, miscalculations and missteps have kept state …

Deadline for Charleston Chemical Spill Claims Set

A federal bankruptcy judge has set an Aug. 1 deadline for financial claims by West Virginia residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston that contaminated the local water supply. Proof of claims forms can be obtained …

West Virginia Chemical Firm Facing New Environmental Charges

A Charleston company faces state violations after a storm water collection trench overflowed at the same site where chemicals spilled into West Virginia’s largest water supply in January. The Department of Environmental Protection issued two notices of violations to Freedom …

Industries Want West Virginia to Delay Storage Tank Regulations

Months after state officials approved a law to safeguard against chemical spills, West Virginia industry groups want some requirements delayed and some of their storage tanks shielded from added oversight. Though the new 95-page law becomes effective this week, stakeholders …

Lawsuits Over West Virginia Chemical Spill Moved to District Court

Lawsuits against Freedom Industries Inc., whose leaky chemical tank polluted drinking water in West Virginia, were transferred from bankruptcy court to federal district court in Charleston last week to “assure efficient case administration.” On Jan. 9, eight days before the …

Freedom Industries Chief Drops Pay, Insurance Requests in West Virginia Spill

The president of Freedom Industries “bears no fault” for a West Virginia chemical spill that spurred a water-use ban for up to 10 days for 300,000 people, his lawyer said in a court filing. On Friday, Freedom President Gary Southern …

West Virginia Spill Firm CEO Seeks Paycheck, Insurance Cover for Legal Fees

The president of the company that spilled chemicals into 300,000 West Virginians’ water supply wants to get paid for work during bankruptcy proceedings. In court documents Saturday, Freedom Industries President Gary Southern requested an order to cash paychecks for work …

West Virginia Lawmakers Amend Chemical Spill Bill As Session Nears End

As time ticks away, West Virginia lawmakers are suggesting another face-lift for a bill that would tighten aboveground storage tank regulations and safeguard water systems against chemical spills. The House of Delegates Judiciary Committee introduced an amended bill last Thursday …