Tank Demolition
6:22 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Photos & Video: Demolition of Freedom Industries Site Begins

Freedom Industries contractors began the demolition process  at the site of a January chemical leak that tainted the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Contractors knocked out a wall and ripped piping materials from the tanks Tuesday.

Freedom Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Welch said four tanks will remain up to store stormwater and waste at the site until their contents are removed.  He said, at that point, the contents will be removed and those tanks will be torn down at the end of the process.  

Welch says Tank No. 396, which is the tank that stored MCHM and leaked into the river on January 9, will be demolished sometime next week. 

Here are some images of the site just before and during the initial phases of the demolition process:

Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Tank No. 396 at Freedom Industries is the one where the January 9 leak occurred. Part of the tank wall was removed so it could be inspected from the inside, according to Freedom Industries Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Welch.
Tank No. 396 at Freedom Industries is the one where the January 9 leak occurred. Part of the tank wall was removed so it could be inspected from the inside, according to Freedom Industries Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Welch.
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Freedom Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Welch stands next to the tanks that will soon be demolished.
Freedom Chief Restructuring Officer Mark Welch stands next to the tanks that will soon be demolished.
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting
The containment wall where MCHM made its way through and into the Elk River.
The containment wall where MCHM made its way through and into the Elk River.
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting
A view from the bank below the tank farm. Below my feet is the stormwater trench that overflowed on June 12 and 13.
A view from the bank below the tank farm. Below my feet is the stormwater trench that overflowed on June 12 and 13.
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting
An opening of the stormwater trench below the hill of the tank farm, where an overflow occurred on June 12 and 13. Mark Welch called this the "last resort" for catching storm or groundwater at the site.
An opening of the stormwater trench below the hill of the tank farm, where an overflow occurred on June 12 and 13. Mark Welch called this the "last resort" for catching storm or groundwater at the site.
Contractors from Independence Excavating attach a sheer to a backhoe in preparation of demolition at the site.
Contractors from Independence Excavating attach a sheer to a backhoe in preparation of demolition at the site.
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Demolition of the tanks begins on Wednesday morning.
Demolition of the tanks begins on Wednesday morning.
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

 

The logo / slogan of contractors Independence Excavating reads: "Earth now, Moon later."
The logo / slogan of contractors Independence Excavating reads: "Earth now, Moon later."
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Credit Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting