Chemical spill brings W.Va. capital to standstill; tainted water means no showers, laundry

  • Article by: BRENDAN FARRINGTON , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 10, 2014 - 10:35 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A chemical spill left the water for 300,000 people in and around West Virginia's capital city stained blue-green and smelling like licorice, with officials saying Friday it was unclear when it might be safe again to even take showers and do laundry.

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dogmanJan. 10, 14 1:12 PM

It's a shame big government won't step out of the way and undo those pesky regulations.. then the industry could self-regulate and avoid spills like this. Or at least we wouldn't know about them...

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billybillyJan. 10, 14 4:29 PM

It's OK northern Minnesota. We want to take your minerals, but there is NO chance that we'll contaminate your air or water. Trust us.

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luzhishenJan. 10, 14 6:22 PM

Almost toxic...West Virginia...

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erikj3Jan. 10, 14 7:20 PM

"The company where the leak occurred, Freedom Industries"...You really can't make this stuff up.

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billybillyJan. 10, 14 7:52 PM

"Almost toxic...West Virginia..." .......blue colored water, Shenandoah River

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mariezzJan. 10, 1411:03 PM

Who needs terrorists when American companies have such disregard for safety?

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sfnorcalJan. 10, 1411:43 PM

Water's overrated. We can live without it. Let Freedom Industries ring...

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bikiesterJan. 11, 1412:08 AM

"blue colored water, Shenandoah River"...Life is old there, older than the rusty tank bottom.

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earneditJan. 11, 14 6:19 AM

does this mean no more clean coal from there?

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rlwr51Jan. 11, 1412:08 PM

I wonder why this was allowed just upstream from the water source for the whole area.

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