Chemical Leak Puts 300,000 West Virginians At Risk

Luke 21:7 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?” Luke 21:11 "There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and epidemics in many lands, and there will be terrifying things (that which strikes terror), and great miraculous signs in the heavens."

A chemical spill in West Virginia’s Elk River has put 300,000 area residents at risk.

Federal officials are descending into the Charleston area to investigate the leak.   The chemical release has poisoned the water supplies for nine counties.

Schools and restaurants were forced to close and residents ordered by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to not drink, bathe, cook or wash clothes using tap water because of the chemicals in the water.

The extent of the damage has not been able to be determined.

The chemical is a foaming agent used in the preparation of coal.  The leak at Freedom Industries somehow broke through a containment area and rushed into the river.  A spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said that no more than 5,000 gallons of the chemical escaped into the water.

Officials could not say how long the advisory against using the water will be in effect.

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