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West Virginia Chemical Spill Creates Frustrations

Even as 300,000 West Virginians scrambled to find ways to cook, wash, bathe and hydrate without their official water supply, some wondered about the broader implications: If a simp... More Even as 300,000 West Virginians scrambled to find ways to cook, wash, bathe and hydrate without their official water supply, some wondered about the broader implications: If a simple accident involving a relatively benign chemical can cause such havoc, what about an attack on a reservoir with a far more potent toxin? "It may be a good lesson for the country, to see how we're handling it, and what could be put into place,'' said Pat Barlett, 81, of Charleston, whose life has spanned many West Virginia disasters, including coal mine collapses, floods and blizzards. Less

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