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Swartzmiller: Legislature was stalled following chemical spill

January 15, 2014

Last week’s chemical spill in Charleston not only stalled the opening of West Virginia’s 2014 legislative session but also set the stage for what may be a new round of legislative scrutiny of......

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Jan-15-14 3:56 PM

Delegate Swartzmiller completely missed the economic impact in addition to the terrible scare and potential health impact. This clearly shows he has no view of business needs, another reason this state and his own region have been declining for 30 years. Where is the accountability of government? why no emergency response plans or equipment. If the State Legislature is this far behind protecting their own water, how concerned are they for the other citizens of WV and their water systems. This is deplorable, and there is a big government responsibility and failure here. Swartzmiller is paid by a Chemical company Ergon. How much can we really expect him to do to correct this, which will add costs to Ergon. His own company is rolling bombs through communities/Weirton on a daily basis knowing full well these communities cannot respond to Marcellus condensate due to its composition, flammability and carcinogens.

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