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Charleston, WV

Freedom Industries ...rude, insensitive!

Sadly, I'm not surprised that Southern and his crew still don't get it. Yes, there are gaps in the state and federal regulations and authority. But you would think they'd have started to get a clue that handling this stuff safely is the only way to stay in business . . .as well as just being the right thing to do. Apparently there really isn't any cure for stupid and arrogant. (Just Shaking My Head)  (Jan 15, 2014 | post #64)

Charleston, WV

Freedom Industries ...rude, insensitive!

Fair point. I got wound up on my soap box. :) I believe there is still a place for coal-related business and jobs if owners run their operations responsibly. A few careless owners hurt everyone. I've heard big business owners make fun of country people. Owners often treat rural workers and residents like they're stupid and like their health and property don't matter. That ticks me off and I'll fight to stand up for hardworking, decent people. Hope things are better soon for our WV neighbors.  (Jan 14, 2014 | post #55)

Charleston, WV

'No. No. No. We're Not Done.' WCHS Reporter Refuses ...

Kallie Cart did a great job. She can think on her feet and did a good job pushing for answers. Local TV and newspaper reporters did a nice job through this.  (Jan 14, 2014 | post #7)

Charleston, WV

Freedom Industries ...rude, insensitive!

Whether or not that woman's infection is related to this chemical is something for doctors to determine . . . if they can. One of the problems is that there isn't complete information known about this chemical. You call that man ignorant, and yet you assume because you took a shower in the water and saw no immediate effects, that that means everything is okay. That is an assumption on your part, without any facts to back that up either. Will there be some people who try to take unfair advantage of this situation? Yes, unfortunately, that happens every time something like this occurs. But are you honestly saying that the man whose kidney transplant had to be postponed was just "slightly inconvenienced "?? What about the businesses and employees that lost income? Should they just "suck it up and deal with it" because Gary Southern, William Farrell and their other business partners decided to throw the dice on a deteriorated facility that they knew needed major repair? Really?? So the National Guard and dozens of other people who have been out there busting their humps to clean this up should just chalk this up to a nice little exercise?? Meanwhile, where are the Freedom Industries owners and their families? How pompous and presumptuous you are to lash out at everyone but the people you should be taking to task! I am not anti-business, nor anti-coal. I grew up in a family where many of the men in my family supported their families directly or indirectly through the coal industry. But right now, the coal and related industries are shooting themselves in the foot when they give a wink and a nod to the kind of shoddy, half-assed and irresponsible operations like what was going on at Freedom Industries. None of the owners involved are rookies in this business. They've been around the business for a long time. . . and they know better than what they did. So before you jump in to stick up for them and tell other people to just "buck up", you'd do well to realize that their carelessness and this mess have just handed the people that are anti-coal a lot of ammunition wrapped up in a bow.  (Jan 13, 2014 | post #21)

Charleston, WV

Freedom Industries ...rude, insensitive!

e Wall Street Journal has an article about the recent Freedom Industries merger, names of officers and also info on 5 companies in FL that Gary Southern is connected to.  (Jan 13, 2014 | post #14)

Charleston, WV

Freedom Industries ...rude, insensitive!

According to this article - they're reporting: UPDATE (Sunday) WSAZ-TV reports the following: Susan Lavenski, a PR representative with Charles Ryan, says they have decided to stop representing Freedom Industries. The decision was made this morning. No further explanation. http://statter911. com/2014/01/11/abs olutely-pitiful-pr esident-of-company -whose-chemicals-s pilled-into-west-v irginia-water-supp ly-not-ready-for-p rime-time-or-any-t ime/  (Jan 12, 2014 | post #9)

Charleston, WV

Freedom Industries ...rude, insensitive!

See three items below: https://www.facebo ok.com/kathy.stove rkennedy http://www.philly. com/philly/blogs/a ttytood/Do-you-sme ll-that----its-the -smell-of-FreedomI ndustries.html (also includes links to the Charleston Gazette and includes as a reference to the quote from some named Kathy Stover-Kennedy, who is identified as Dennis Farrell, Freedom Industries Executive's girlfriend.)  (Jan 12, 2014 | post #8)

Charleston, WV

Freedom Industries ...rude, insensitive!

Hard to belief it when you see that kind of self-centeredness in it's full ugliness, isn't it? Out of touch - yes; but more likely that these people just don't care about anyone but themselves. Where have the Freedom Industries leaders been as the National Guard, DEP and Water Company people have been there working around the clock to fix this mess? Hiding out with their PR firm and lawyers? Where are the updates from the company that Gary Southern said would be coming? Have they moved those chemicals? To where? Did they move them up to their other facility in Nitro? What's in those other tanks? What's the plan for those? If the Freedom Industries leadership had character or integrity, they would "man up" and at least give that information and get their hands dirty helping to clean up their mess.  (Jan 12, 2014 | post #3)

Charleston, WV

Makes you wonder how safe we are

So are you saying that you think enough care and diligence was used in monitoring those tanks? Wondering why you're so quick to jump on somebody else? I think people have every right to ask questions. Did Freedom Industries perform routine inspections on those tanks? Were the walls of those containment ponds defective? Were they inspected regularly? Did those tanks have leak alarms or automatic level monitoring? Those are fair and reasonable questions, especially in light of what a 100,000+ households are going through. I'm not anti-business or against that company or any other one, but along with the profits, there are also responsibilities to their employees and the communities where they are located.  (Jan 11, 2014 | post #8)

Charleston, WV

i took a bath in the poison water

Right. Just don't mention the chemicals used in making the panels and the storage batteries, etc. What, they don't use steel framing or connectors to install those, eh? Not to mention the cost and limitations of current storage capacity. And yes, there's a heavy dose of sarcasm in there. It just ticks me off when people pop off with simplistic answers, as if there is one easy answer to all this. Jeeesh!  (Jan 11, 2014 | post #33)

Charleston, WV

loss wages for missed work due to water issues

Business owners should be able to file for "business interruption" expenses either through insurance carriers or through the AG's office if they are collecting claims. Don't know about individual workers, but I'd pull together your past several pay stubs and a copy of what you were scheduled to work so you can document the loss. Also document any costs for buying water, mileage or hotel costs if you had to go somewhere else to stay or shower and launder clothes. It may or may not be reimbursable, but sometimes the company's liability insurance will tell them to pay out flat amounts or reimburse those expenses as a "good will" gesture to try to avoid lawsuits. Just be careful what you sign - that this is just for current expenses or inconvenience - not signing away any rights to other claims you may have in the future. Please know that I'm not in favor of people suing for every little thing; but you all don't know enough yet on how long this might go on or effects down the road. Best to keep records and protect yourselves and families, just in case. Good luck - we're sending good thoughts your way.  (Jan 11, 2014 | post #9)

Charleston, WV

Gary Southern

I thought he seemed scared and ill-prepared - like he was only doing the press conference because his PR people or lawyers said he had to. I thought drinking the bottled water on camera was pretty stupid and insulting given the situation. He either doesn't know "jack" about the company or he was just trying to side-step questions and trying to downplay the seriousness of the situation. His attempts to run away from the camera made him look like a rat trying to scurry back to his hole, IMO. He did a lousy job representing the face of the company. He and his partners that just merged all those businesses December 31st are probably scared witless that their days as the rich and powerful are done. Wife in FL made have the divorce lawyer on speed dial to get as far away from this scumbag as fast as she can.  (Jan 11, 2014 | post #5)

Saltsburg, PA

shooting

Someone who gets a thrill out of getting over on others?? This guy has been publically identified by law enforcement as a former confidential informant (snitch). - that's like painting a target on him when he ends up in jail - depending upon who he informed on. That seems like law enforcement's way of washing their hands of him.  (Jan 5, 2014 | post #133)

Saltsburg, PA

shooting

When something terrible like this happens, people try to find some way to make sense of it. It's human nature. Hard to believe such evil lives among us. Rocks our basic sense of safety. Saltsburg has been hit hard by violent deaths in the last couple years. Think people are just trying to find someone or something to blame to not feel so vulnerable.  (Jan 3, 2014 | post #94)

Saltsburg, PA

jacko the whacko

What was her (the sister's) story? Tangled webs in small town and small county law and political relationships. The article about Jack Edmondson's arrest for impersonating a police officer and detaining the corn throwing teen listed Robert Bell as his Attorney. Is that the Bob Bell who was the former Indiana County D.A.?  (Jan 3, 2014 | post #20)