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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Freedom Industries, the chemical company behind the toxic leak that tainted West Virginia's Elk River and forced 300,000 state residents and businesses to go without water for several days, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday. The company has been in hunker-down mode since last Friday, when company co-founder Gary Southern gave a brief press conference, dodging questions about the company's monitoring and preventive measures in the 7,500-gallon spill.





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FREEDOM!!!! from the necessity of re-mediating the damage their negligence inflicted on the citizens of the area.

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2014-01-18 10:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

shouldn't the water treatment plant bear some responsibility? They never test their output?

#2 | Posted by jdmeth at 2014-01-18 11:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

Did the water treatment plant spill toxins?

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2014-01-18 12:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

To think I got called a hack when I suggested on the first thread that this company wouldn't suffer any consequences from its negligence.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2014-01-18 03:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

Kind of unfortunate having the water plant on the downstream side.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-01-18 03:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

So why can't average Americans with health problems, lost jobs, and can't pay college debt or credit card debt go into the same mode? They are people too. The Biden / Obama Democrats owned by bankers voted for that.

#6 | Posted by Robson at 2014-01-18 07:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

When we see names like Freedom Industries, or bills with Patriot Act, we the people should immediately assume they are the opposite.

Be cynical not gullible... America. The political elites do not work for you.

#7 | Posted by Robson at 2014-01-18 07:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

Church of the Conservative Jesus hymn:

Shall we poison all the rivers
The toxic,the now-useless rivers
Shall we poison all the rivers
And socialize the costs?

#8 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-01-18 08:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

this company wouldn't suffer any consequences

Unfair! Like the head of BP, Mr. Southern just wants his life back.

#9 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-01-18 08:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

It looks like the owner of Freedom Industries is the main creditor, therefore he may be a main beneficiary of the bankruptcy.


#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2014-01-18 08:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

Good timing. They can circumvent civil decisions by doing this leaving taxpayers holding the bag.

#11 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-01-19 02:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

"The Biden / Obama Democrats owned by bankers voted for that."

Yeah, those good Republicans have constantly been out there fighting for us working folks. What a clown you truly are.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2014-01-19 09:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

They can circumvent civil decisions by doing this leaving taxpayers holding the bag.

Rand Paul disagrees. He promised all this kind of petty annoyances can be settld outside the jurisdiction of the evil gummint. That Nice Mr. Southern will surely clean up after himself, according to libertarian "thinking". The government has no place in the kitchen sinks of the nation.

#13 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-01-19 02:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

a $10 million 3rd party pollution policy would have helped...along with the defense coverage that's included.

too bad not everyone has the privilege of buying insurance from me.

#14 | Posted by eberly at 2014-01-19 04:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

The real question is who are they the front company for?

Anyone with a brain knows the answer to that.

#15 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-01-19 06:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is why Corporations were created, to escape responsibility. Yet SCOTUS, Romney and the Rethugs want them to have all of the "rights' of human beings, instead of serving humanity. worse if a human being did this not only will they face an Attorney working for the Banks, at taxpayer expense. The Attorney will stop the Bankruptcy and a Prosecutor will get the human jailed.

In fact we live in a country in which Corporations have more rights than human beings and can escape responsibility for their actions simply by dissolution.

#16 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-01-19 09:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Corporations are government by proxy. All the government; no popular oversight. Corporatism is fascism by another name.

#17 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-01-19 09:43 PM | Reply | Flag:


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