Legal clerk and environmental activist Erin Brockovich is attempting to rally the public in West Virginia’s capital city after a coal scrubbing chemical produced by Freedom Industries tainted water supplies in nine counties last week.
Brockovich spoke to a crowd of concerned citizens at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium. She urged the public not to be too quick in returning to use the water they had been without for five days.
“It’s frightening when a chemical is in our water supply that we don’t seem to know much about. Use your common sense," she said.
"Once your water is on, it doesn’t mean everything is hunky-dory. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.”
West Virginia American Water began clearing those affected by Thursday’s chemical leak to use the water on Monday just after noon. Approvals have been made by “zone,” with the water company providing the all clear via an interactive website and automated phone calls to customers.