CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Monday a federal investigation launched last week into the Elk River chemical spill that contaminated water for 300,000 West Virginia residents is ongoing.

Goodwin released the following statement:

“As the immediate water crisis begins to ease and West Virginians regain access to drinkable water, I want to make three things clear. One, my office will continue working as quickly as possible to find out exactly what happened here, including the complete timeline of the release and what was done—or not done—before and after it. Two, if our investigation reveals that federal criminal laws were violated, we will move rapidly to hold the wrongdoers accountable. And three, companies whose facilities could affect the public water supply should be on notice: if you break federal environmental laws, you will be prosecuted. Our drinking water is not something you can take chances with, and this mess can never be allowed to happen again.”

A leak at the Freedom Industries storage facility sent an estimated 7,500 gallons of crude HCHM  into the Elk River less than two miles from West Virginia American Water’s Kanawha Valley plant. The company issued a Do Not Use order to its customers in parts of nine counties. The order began to be lifted Monday afternoon on a zone by zone basis.

 

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  • Oakley Half Jacket Sunglasse

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  • HOSA

    JUST IN FROM WASHINGTON. HOUSE SPEAKER BOEHNER FROM OHIO SAID TUESDAY THAT NO NEW REGULATIONS ARE NEEDED AFTER THE CHEMIACL SPILL IN WEST VIRGINIA LAST WEEK LEFT MORE THAT 300,00 PEOPLE WITH WITHOUT SAFE TAP WATER. HE SUGGESTED THE INCIDENT WAS NOT A RESULT OF LESS ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY REGULATION AND HE STATES THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH REGULATIONS ON THE BOOKS ALREADY. BOY OH, BOY.

    • Una-Bummer

      That's how the HuffPo, TheTalkingPoints; The ThinkProgress reported it but actually Boehner said the spill didn't require any "Congressional Oversight" and Steny Hoyer agreed with him-- As Jay Rockefeller pointed out "Our legislation is in session, they should get first crack at it" and Hoyer agreed the State Government should take the lead....

    • WVWorker

      He is right. New regulations are useless if they are not going to be enforced any better than the existing regulations. There are already regulations on the books that covers this type of situation. They were not being enforced.

  • Walsingham

    The water company also has a duty of care here to determine and understand what potential hazards, including stored chemicals, could affect its operation.

    • WVWorker

      I disagree. I believe that total responsibility rests with Freedom Industries for not having adequate containment and the DEP for not requiring the conditions to be corrected. The water company has no authority to go on the site of a business and investigate possible envirionmental hazards. That's the DEP's job.

    • Lewis

      Wholeheartedly agree with you on this.

  • blugldmn

    The one constant I all of this is.......

    Democrats fingers all over it..

  • Shadow

    What Office is Booth running for? Federal or State? It has to be one of them. A true headline seeker on our money.

    • Arnie

      Lately he has been a positive force in Mingo and Logan counties. Hope he continues in current position.

      • liberty4all

        Agree, but think it is also obvious he is running for some office in the very near future. Just my opinion.

        • The bookman

          I know him well...Booth is a principled person who has always had high aspirations. Don't be so cynical to assume he has any other purpose than to right a wrong. His actions on this issue or others has little to do with furthering a career than doing a premium job prosecuting crime in the southern district. Here is a guy in his early 40's making a difference. A tried and true democrat from an influential political family in WV! Is he working hard to make a difference? You betcha! If he ends up running for state wide office on a conservative platform, democrat or republican, I'll support him. I'll list the differences to date: Crime in Huntington, voter irregularities in Lincoln, UBB, Mingo corruption. He also is involved in many low profile initiatives at the high school level. Stop tearing down people who put themselves in the crosshairs for ridicule. He isn't of my personal political persuasion, but he is making a difference for the better.

          • The bookman

            This was a response to shadow, not liberty....sorry

    • MTNR

      How many other US Atty's have cameras following them everywhere?

      • Mary

        Oh, for Pete's sake. I'm a reporter and have been for many, many years. Goodwin's office probably sent out a press release and the reporters showed up. That's how it works. The media are here to inform the public - he's making sure people get the message. True, he may be running for office, but who cares? Right now, it appears he's trying to help.

  • Staci

    Story states crude HCHM.

    It is MCHM, 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol

  • Una-Bummer

    ... And the Government Officials that dropped the ball here,,, what do you do with them? Do you even consider them in the this equation of incompetency.

    This is ridiculous to let elected officials again deflect attention from their own job performance inadequacies by being the first and loudest to point their fingers at others to blame.

    Governments, I don't care how local, are suppose to be PROactive in protecting the health and general welfare of the people not REactive to a problem.

    When the service of a Federal Prosecutor are in need then obviously that means there has been a breakdown and failure in and of the system.

    I'm certain the hordes of lawyers looking to pad their already thick bank accounts will only look to punish those culpable that have the deepest pockets. And once again an entire cure for the a problem gets kicked down the road once again with only a partial solution to our problems

    Well, at least our local governments patrol the mean streets and "holler's" of our county to protect us from the health hazards of smoking in a bar!!

  • blugldmn

    Great another politician looking to capitalize on the misfortunes of others.
    Nothing but grandstanding.

    Slime will use any excuse to get free publicity...

  • Teufel

    Why were three no secondary containment pit?

    • WVWorker

      I believe there was secondary containment but it was not properly constructed and maintained. In short "it leaked".
      This was not something that just happened and the DEP inspector should have seen the problem during routine inspection of the facility.
      That's what they are being paid for.

      • Mary

        Actually, the responsibility lies first with the company. They needed to be proactive, perform self-inspections, have leak detectors installed, etc. The government can't do everything. Let's have corporate America bear the bulk of the responsibility in this one.

        • WVWorker

          Not according to Obama, government is the answer to everything.