“I showered and brushed my teeth this morning and am just fine,” may seem like an odd justification for poisoning the water that supplies nine counties and over 300,000 people, but then again we need to remember the top right wing argument against global warming: ‘It was cold last Thursday.’ It is even less surprising when that logic comes from the girlfriend of the CEO of Freedom Industries. It becomes almost expected when that company has ties to the Koch Brothers.
For the past few days, some West Virginians have been experiencing the excitement that is third world living following the spill of a Freedom Industries chemical used to clean coal into the Elk River. Nine counties have been declared to be in a state of emergency after it was discovered that an unknown amount of methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) was leaking into the river at ground level-something that may have been happening for quite a while before it was discovered.
If the licorice-scented, tainted water is consumed or even touched it can lead to skin irritation, blistering, non-stop vomiting, eye irritation, and burning in one’s throat, American Water Company president Jeff McIntyre warned.
Some people have it tough. Though FEMA is trucking in 260,000 gallons of water, and out-of-area water companies have been chipping in as well, retailers can’t keep up with the demand created for clean water, which has prompted some to hire police protection for bottled water shipments in an effort to protect them from the Kanawha County residents, who seem to somehow be growing increasingly agitated with their inability to brush their teeth, shower, bathe, or even make a cup of coffee (though some would argue that bathing and brushing teeth is advisable, despite being told by multiple agencies to avoid doing just that).
No matter what though, if you ask company executives, that’s nothing compared to what they are going through! Freedom Industries President Gary Southern showed little concern for the plight of the company’s victims–saying that he “had a long day,” and that he wanted to “wrap things up,” apparently unaware that he caused more than a quarter of a million people to have a MUCH “longer” day than he could ever aspire to have. Ironically, as he attempted to evade the horde of journalists, he was sipping uncomfortably on a bottle of the small percentage of the water his company did not poison!
Social media strategist Kathy Stover-Kennedy, Freedom Industries CEO Dennis P. Farrell’s girlfriend spoke out on Facebook, saying that poor Denny has been receiving threats over his company’s lax, uncaring, and completely unfair treatment following the incident. She remarks on the backlash her beloved has received over his avoidance of publicly addressing the matter, saying that he “is not a spokesperson and has no desire to be.” She elaborates, indicating that he is too important to address such mundane matters as the poisoning of an entire population’s water supply himself in a Facebook post. Besides, according to her, there is no public danger for this “accidental” failure to identify what has been deemed a likely long-term leakage from a company tank.
It must be so tough for them! Look at the suffering with which their lives are plagued! West Virginia, while you whine because of what her boyfriend’s company did to you and your loved ones just remember — they are the ones who have to think of it while they enjoy their fancy cars, nice house, in-ground pool (not that it’s much good this time of year) and all of the other amenities to which they have been accustomed. All of that wealth can not even hope to offset the guilt they feel for your situation. Pinky swear.
All we can say is, boo hoo, it must be rough!