Three Years After the Water Crisis: Where Are We Now?

On the 3rd anniversary of the Elk River chemical leak, three important stories converge

Contact:  Angie Rosser, 304-437-1274,
               Karan Ireland, 304-356-8774,

EVENT: A media availability session with three experts who have been working differing fronts since the January 9, 2014 chemical leak. Their stories have converged with recent release of the WV Public Water System Supply Study Commission’s recommendations to the legislature, the Public Service Commission’s investigation of WV American Water, and a preliminary settlement of the Crystal Good v. American Water class-action lawsuit. The event is open to the public.

Call to ActionWe need YOU to come out and show your support for our water! The media will be there and our elected officials will be watching. We need to send a strong message that we, the people of West Virginia, are paying attention and demand safe water!

VENUE and TIME: 11:00 AM, Monday, January 9, in the Lower Rotunda, State Capitol Building, Charleston.

POST-SESSION INTERVIEWS: Subject experts will be available for interviews in the Rotunda following their remarks.


Evan Hansen, representing West Virginia Rivers Coalition: Mr. Hansen, a member of the WV Public Water System Supply Study Commission and advisor to the WV Rivers Water Policy Workgroup, will highlight the commission’s recently released recommendations to the WV Legislature. The Study Commission’s report can be viewed and downloaded here.

Paul Dalzell, Advocates for a Safe Water System: The WV Public Service Commission has been investigating West Virginia American Water’s role in the 2014 water crisis. Evidentiary hearings are scheduled for January 24-26. Prior to that, two public hearings and a public event are scheduled for January 17. Learn more

Kevin Thompson, Thompson Barney law firm: Mr. Thompson will provide an update on the class-action settlement in the case Crystal Good v. American Water class-action lawsuit. For background, see Ken Ward’s article here.

This event is co-hosted by: Advocates for a Safe Water System, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, WV Citizen Action Group, and West Virginia Rivers Coalition.

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