West Virginia American Water Company Chemical Spill Contamination Lawsuits

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Was Your Small Business Affected by the Chemical Spill?

If you or your business has been affected in any way by the Elk River Spill in WV, we want to hear from you!

You have valuable legal rights and could be entitled to compensation for property damage, business interruption, lost business income or lost opportunity.

1. If your business needs representation, register now by filling out the form on this page.

2. We'll review your information and contact you for more details.

3. Find out if you have a claim & join the fight for justice in the Kanawha Valley

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If you have been affected by the Elk River chemical spill in any way, sign up to fight for your justice against Freedom Industries and West Virginia American Water Company today.

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That’s why we intend to vigorously discover all the parties responsible for this fiasco, wherever the evidence leads us, be they private or public corporations, individuals or even governmental officials who breached their responsibilities and obligations to public safety. We are shocked by the events that have allowed this contamination to occur and to cause hundreds of thousands of our neighbors to go without water for drinking, cooking or even bathing.

The Bell Law Firm has filed contaminated water lawsuits in West Virginia as a result of this harmful disaster.

If the chemical spill has affected you in any way, you could be eligible for compensation for the losses you have suffered, including:

Because of the irresponsibility and incompetence of Freedom Industries and West Virginia American Water Company many of you have been forced to drive miles for clean water for your family. Many have been forced to close your businesses. Our farms have come to a standstill. Residents across the Kanawha Valley are unable to earn a living while businesses are closed.

READ: WV Dept. of Environmental Protection Notice of Violation to Freedom Industries

Chemical Spills into Elk River, Contaminating West Virginia American Water Supply

On Thursday January 09, 2014, residents of several West Virginia counties were alerted that a chemical leak had contaminated their water supply through the Elk River, and that strict DO NOT USE orders should be followed immediately.

The culprit was a 48,000 gallon tank with a 1-inch hole, spilling the coal-cleaning chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol from a storage facility of Freedom Industries. Approximately 7,500 gallons leaked into the Elk River.

Twelve days after the chemical spill, federal and state investigators learned that the Crude MCHM that leaked into the river also contained DOWANOL™ PPh Glycol Ether, also known as "PPH", a DOW® product used in architectural and industrial coatings; textile dyes; inks in pens, stamp pads, and textile printing pastes; and paint removers.

Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Response for the WV Department of Environmental Protection Mike Dorsey said there were approximately 300 gallons of PPH in the tank that leaked into the Elk River.

LEARN MORE: 4-methylcyclohexamine methanol, aka Crude MCHM


Thursday evening at approximately 6:30 p.m., President Barack Obama issued a State of Emergency for nine counties in West Virginia affected by the spill, including Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane, though Freedom Industries stated on their company Facebook page that only the water system of Kanawha Valley was contaminated. The declaration will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to begin coordinating disaster relief efforts.

The Bell Law Firm, PLLC is taking action by filing lawsuits in light of the chemical spill, and we urge anyone who may have come into contact with contaminated water to contact us for a free consultation of their claim now.

Strict DO NOT USE Orders Issued by Governor Tomblin

After reports of the spill were confirmed, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued orders to residents to avoid all contact with the water supply, and that even boiling the water would not make it safe for usage or consumption. The order declared the water was not safe for:

  • Bathing
  • Cleaning
  • Cooking
  • Drinking

Additionally, Gov. Tomblin warned that the water should only be used in an emergency fire situation.

How to Get Started With Your Claim

The Bell Law Firm, PLLC is filing lawsuits on behalf of the victims of the Freedom Industries chemical spill, and welcomes anyone affected by the contamination to contact us today.

Freedom Industries’ facility was located only one mile upriver from the West Virginia American Water plant and the 4-methylcyclohexane methanol spill flowed into the Elk River in Kanawha Valley for hours before the public was alerted, leaving plenty of time for unknowing residents to consume and use this tainted water.

If you or someone you love was harmed by the spill, or may have come into contact with it at any point, fill out the free case evaluation form located on the right side of this page, or call 1-800-BIG-SPILL for a no cost, no-obligation consultation of your claim.

The Bell Law Firm, PLLC is ready to fight on behalf of the victims of Freedom Industries’ negligence, and we will always seek the maximum amount of compensation for our clients.

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Where to find our office


The Bell Law Firm, PLLC

30 Capitol St
Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: 1 (844) 700-4900

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