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January 16th, 2014
05:15 PM ET

Professor to chemical company: "To Hell with you.."

Brooke Baldwin talks to West Virginia associate professor Eric Waggoner about the water contamination in that state. He calls the chemical company officials "greedheads" who are exploiting lax industrial regulations for monetary gain.

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  1. Sherri Walker

    We need help here in WV, do not let this story die!!!! Keep us in the news and on everyone's minds!!!

    January 16, 2014 at 10:01 pm |
  2. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    With the majority of major cites near a major waterway this could have happened anywhere in the US. Many times companies blame aging equipment as the cause. It's not the people living near these waterways fault for not performing routine maintenance on these and other dangerous plants. It's corporate greed and lack of regulations that puts lives of people at stake.

    January 17, 2014 at 9:15 am |
  3. dennytattoos

    Contaminated water systems are already happening all across America. Nearly 1 in 10 Americans live within 10 miles of a contaminated military site. The water testing criteria are antiquated and do not account for thousands of chemicals that are not regulated by the EPA. Scientists are bullied and gagged if they try to warn the general public. Wake up America.

    January 17, 2014 at 11:26 am |
  4. Keith

    The company knew and had also received money to repair the containment area around the tanks. They choose to give the new owners bonuses instead of fixing the levy.

    January 19, 2014 at 1:32 pm |
  5. mlblogsbaseballdraft

    Who is worse, the company, or the corrupt government with poor regulations?

    January 20, 2014 at 11:51 am |
  6. J. Bayus

    Th company and its owners and investors (Koch Bros) have and will continue to lobby against any regulation that would prevent them form making money. It doesn't matter how many people die or are poisoned PROFITS are all that counts. The Conservatives ALWAYS argue for small government and less regulation, Ok boys and girls who vote for candidates in that party, this is what you get. They promise more jobs, but you won't be able to live in your house or hunt or fish on your land anymore. Evey drop of water that is on this planet has been here fro billions of years and humans can NOT make water. It is more valuable than any, I repeat ANY fossil fuel. We can learn to make alternative fuels and to conserve the energy we use, but every single living organism on this earth needs water and only humans can ruin it, and they are trying their best to eliminate life on this planet. I have nothing against mining, drilling or company sussing water. They should have to pay for it as you and I do and make sure it is returned cleaner than when they took it from the ground.

    January 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm |
  7. b1

    Now that's cool, he should charge them for drinking contaminated water and send them his medical bills. In fact the whole town should.

    Everytime there's a spill that's what people should do, and make the chemical company for it.

    That will teach discipline in the chemical company.

    January 21, 2014 at 12:28 am |
  8. Mark C

    I can only hope this will mitigate the Koch brothers' influence on politics.
    A minimalist government sounds great until you realize that it means little/no regulations and the free market doesn't exactly check itself. As frustrating as government can be for its inefficiencies and bureaucracy – its also what separates us from the third world.

    January 26, 2014 at 10:19 am |
  9. Tom Bukowski

    This leak is criminal, stems from pure greed. I don't trust anyone that uses "liberty", "freedom", or "patriot" in their name, as they are the first to take those qualities away from other folks.

    January 27, 2014 at 10:38 am |
  10. Jim Brody

    "We need help here in WV, do not let this story die!!!!" Sorry, Sherri, thye got 2" of snow in Atlanta earlier in the week, and that's apparently going to be the story for days to come!

    January 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm |
  11. CalBM1

    Just like the coal company giving all their safety money to the GOP and killing their miners. I truly hope there is a hell because the mine owners will go there

    February 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm |
  12. Eric

    Step 1: name and shame, if process related death or major spill. Put a photo of CEO with salary on front page along side photos of those killed /affected. It happened on his/her watch, let them explain and fix it.

    Step 2: give chemical safety board, actual enforcement powers (

    February 8, 2014 at 2:35 pm |
  13. Jasper Lawrence

    Too bad the professor (assistant) can write but cannot speak concisely, or stay on point. the anchor rolls her eyes with frustration at his inability to speak to the point, concisely. blowing the opportunity to make any clear point, or completely skewer the polluting chemical company. the same company who's pr flacks are almost catatonic with joy having watched this interview. the death knell for this story, sorry to Sherri Walker, but the prof blew his shot at delivering the coup de grace, and on to the next story in the news cycle. sad.

    February 9, 2014 at 5:22 pm |
  14. Jasper Lawrence

    mlblogsbaseballdraft or the local population who according to the professor put up with this kind of things all their lives.

    February 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm |
  15. Mario

    what else did you expect when you keep on shrinking the government?

    February 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm |
  16. Joan Souza

    I live in Northern California and am allergic to petrochemicals. We have a water filtration system throughout the house because our daughter is allergic to chloramine that is in the water. The brand is Life Source. The Pasadena Rose Parade uses it for its flowers. I am suggesting that the agencies responsible for the contaminated water provide a water filtration system for all households including schools until the drinking water is safe. It obviously isn't safe at this time.

    February 11, 2014 at 4:51 am |
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    Jasper, I am on your side, but your own post was grammatically unclear.

    February 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm |
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