WV Attorney General's Office Continues Investigation into Chemical Spill

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says his office continues to investigate a chemical leak that led to a do not use order for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians last month.

In an interview Friday, Morrisey said his office is doing a close review of everything that happened and they are digging down into the details with hopes to release new information in the next couple of weeks.

"We're going to have some important information to show fairly soon, which is revealing in the ultimate safety of the water supply and also the ability to have an adequate supply going forward in the future," Morrisey said.

Morrisey said they are making "a lot of progress" and have been coordinating with federal investigators, although they are working on slightly different angles of the investigation.

"I think the goal here is everyone wants to get to the bottom of it, get to the truth," Morrisey said.

When asked about speaking with Freedom Industries owner Gary Southern, Morrisey said that have tried to interview all relevant parties in an effort to tell the public the truth.

"There should be some accountability in this process and I think there will be accountability. Ultimately, we just want to make sure that we're getting this right," said Morrisey.

The Attorney General says they hope with their investigation, they are able to bring information to light that will help with legislation, however, residents may not see immediate action. Morrisey says they probably need additional reforms in the upcoming months.

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