Demand Corporate Culprit Answer for Chemical Spill

Gary Southern

Target: Gary Southern, President of Freedom Industries

Goal: Condemn Gary Southern for skipping congressional hearing dedicated to addressing devastating chemical spill

More than 5,000 gallons of an industrial chemical recently leaked into a West Virginia water supply. Freedom Industries, the company responsible for this toxic chemical spill, has made another misstep in handling the crisis. After filing for bankruptcy – which shielded the company from lawsuits – president Gary Southern dismissed an invitation to testify at an important congressional hearing addressing unanswered questions surrounding the spill. Demand that Freedom Industries and its president answer for the strife they have caused.

Not only did Southern skip the hearing, but no one was there to testify on behalf of Freedom Industries. This is just one example of the way corporations and companies blatantly disregard those their negligence directly affects.

Thus far Freedom Industries has come away from the crisis unscathed by legal action, and we can’t let this become a pattern in future related issues. Condemn Southern for his careless actions, and tell him that as president of Freedom Industries, he has a responsibility to own up to their involvement in the spill and commit to alleviating the current situation.


Dear President Gary Southern,

Recently you received an invitation to testify at an important congressional hearing designed to address the many unanswered questions that remain after the chemical spill in West Virginia. Instead of own up to your role in the disaster, you and your company chose to skip the hearing altogether. This shows a blatant disregard for the thousands of people who were affected by the chemicals that spilled from your company’s storage tanks into their drinking water.

Instead of hide from the problem altogether, you have an obligation to the people of West Virginia to address the problem and answer their questions. Saying you will help alleviate the problem is one thing, but showing it is quite another. I hope that moving forward Freedom Industries shows that it is ready to own up to its responsibility and help alleviate the desperate situation in West Virginia.


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