Freedom Industries' decision not to show up to a hearing that otherwise housed every party that should be held accountable for the spill is depressingly typical, and a painful reminder of the company's non-presence throughout the month-long ordeal.
The bills are worth more than the credits that West Virginia American Water has offered to people who had to flush their water systems several time since 10,000 gallons of chemical leaked into the Elk River.
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Those who claim injury from the spill are not just those who have drank, cooked or bathed in the water. Business owners have lost profits, workers have lost wages, and West Virginia's capital city of Charleston has said it has lost more than $120,000 in tax revenue.