When 10,000 gallons of an understudied, hazardous chemical leaks into both the water supply and water treatment system for 300,000 people, there are no happy endings. But in America, getting paid is a happy ending, especially for those who live paycheck to paycheck in place of seeking their unique purpose in the world. 20 lawsuits have already been filed related to the West Virginia Chemical Spill that took place last month.
The water utility company, chemical manufacturer (of MCHM), as well the now notorious Freedom Industries (the chemical company whose physical holding companies leaked) are all named in various lawsuits that will likely be compiled into one large class action suit akin to what Gulf Coast residents did with BP after the Deep Water Horizon oil leak.
Freedom has already filed for bankruptcy ahead of the pending litigations against them. If we’re all lucky perhaps Freedom’s current president Gary Southern and ex con ex president Carl Kennedy III will go to jail instead of having their bank accounts raided.
Hopefully the business owners, workers, and anyone who drank, cooked, or bathed in that water will get a payday to pay their current and future massive medical bills related to the poison their bodies brought in.
And maybe other states who publically criticize regulation of industry, as West Virginia was known to do, will learn the lessons of those in the meat packing industries at the turn of the 20th century. Without government regulation, industry will kill and destroy anything and everything around them to make and keep profit.