January 17th, 2014
Freedom Industries, has filed bankruptcy. Yes, it’s the same Freedom Industries which contaminated water in the Elk River, in West Virginia, and now all that contamination is drifting downriver to Ohio, making water unusable for how many hundreds of thousands of people, animals and plants for how long? And it’s not over yet, not by a long shot.
Bankruptcy? How dare they. It’s time for them to go to jail. NOW!
Some of the gory details in the West Virginia Gazette:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Freedom Industries, the company that fouled thousands of West Virginians’ water with a chemical leak last week, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today.Under the bankruptcy code, Chapter 11 permits a company to reorganize and continue operating. Chemstream Holdings Inc. is the sole owner of Freedom Industries, according to the filing. Gary Southern, who is identified as Freedom’s president, signs all of the bankruptcy documents.Mark Freedlander of McGuireWoods LLP in Pittsburgh is representing Southern. Documents in the filing allege that a water line break adjacent to the Barlow Drive facility may have contributed to the ground beneath a storage tank to freeze during frigid temperatures in the days immediately preceding the incident.“The debtor and investigative authorities have taken note of the hole in the affected storage tank that appears to have come from an object piercing upwards through the base of the affected storage tank. Investigations by multiple agencies are ongoing with full cooperation by the debtor,” bankruptcy documents state.Topping the list at $648,221 is Atlanta-based FloMin Coal Inc. Freedom owes Silverlake Holding LLC of Evansville, Ind., $615,954.Eastman Chemical, the maker of “Crude MCHM,” the chemical that spilled into the Elk River, is owed $127,474, documents show. Eastman, headquartered in Tennessee, is named, along with Freedom and West Virginia American Water, in a federal lawsuit filed earlier this week.