Outrageous WV Company Could Avoid Penalties for Water Contamination
There's growing outrage in West Virginia as more and more people report getting sick from a chemical spill that contaminated the tap water for hundreds of thousands of people.
Though the "do-not-use" order has been lifted for most of the affected areas, many residents are still concerned, saying it's not clear what the long-term effects could be.
In a report from this morning on America's Newsroom, one man says he's been told his water is safe to drink, but it still smells like licorice. He and many others showed up at the State Capitol in Charleston to protest.
More than 7,000 gallons of methylcyclohexane methanol spilled into the Elk River, near Charleston, nearly two weeks ago and more than 400 people have been treated since for a variety of symptoms. Some reported flu-like symptoms, while others complained of nausea, diarrhea, and skin and eye irritations.
As the anger grows, several lawsuits have already been filed against Freedom Industries, which spilled the chemical. But the company has now filed for bankruptcy, raising the possibility that it could avoid penalties for the damages.
Steve Doocy discussed the legal ramifications this morning on Fox and Friends with Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr., who pointed out that the government really doesn't know much about this chemical overall.
"The people say 'what's gonna happen to our children 20 years from now?' Are they gonna get cancer? Are they gonna die from this?" said Johnson.
"We don't know what these chemicals are. We don't know what the effect is and we don't know how to respond to it. There was no plan in place for this emergency and that's wrong. ... It's a horror show," he said.
Watch the full discussion above, and check out the latest report from West Virginia below.