Below is an update from Warren who has documented the water contamination issues in West Virginia.
Officially, all of the water has been cleared and most people are once again bathing and cleaning with it, me included. A lot are not drinking it yet however. I suspect that will go on for a long time. The water company president drank a big glassful on tv the other night to prove it is ok but the Governor said he wasn’t going to say it was safe…that’s not his call. A lot of people are pissed at the Governor for saying that but I think it was smart. He didn’t help confidence but if he isn’t convinced, I wouldn’t want it on my head either. I don’t blame him at all. Especially considering that the chemical company just released that there was at least one other chemical (I think called PHP) in the tank that leaked. I don’t know if they really know what was in the tank honestly. Supposedly the site has been remediated so there should not be any more getting into the system and the strong smell has gone away as far as I can tell. Our plan is to wait until mid-February to start cooking and brushing teeth with it. I don’t see a choice. We just cannot go on forever and by then, there will be serious dilution-effects so what’s left should be negligible esp if the site is cleaned. If this was an ongoing leak, I can’t imagine what would happenPolitically, there are a lot of lawsuits going on but the company declaring bankruptcy halted a lot of that moving forward. Many folks are still up in arms and he state Legislature is currently in session so something may actually happen to make it better…but with all things related to government making progress, I remain skeptical.