West Virginia 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 …

West Virginia Chemical Spill Settlement for Community Projects Dropped

Lawyers for businesses and people affected by a massive chemical spill last year say a settlement to fund community projects is no longer being considered. In June 2014, lawyers for the groups affected by the Freedom Industries spill proposed the …

Former Freedom Owners Plead Guilty in West Virginia Chemical Spill Case

Two former owners of Freedom Industries pleaded guilty on Monday to environmental violations stemming from last year’s Charleston chemical spill that prompted a temporary tap water ban for 300,000 residents. At separate hearings, William Tis, 60, and Charles Herzing, 64, …

West Virginia Lawmakers Send Rollback of Chemical Spill Law to House Floor

A West Virginia House panel narrowly approved a bill to scale back protections to prevent chemical spills from sullying water supplies. The January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days spurred the tank law. At …

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 …

Report: Storage Tanks Pose Risks to West Virginia Water

Drinking water sources in West Virginia are at risk of contamination from more than 20,000 aboveground storage tanks that are located beyond an area where extra safeguards are required, according to a report released last week. These tanks include 19,133 …