To hell with you all for continuing to exploit the lax, poorly-enforced safety regulations here, so that you could do your business in the cheapest manner possible by shortcutting the health and quality of life not only of your workers, but of everybody who lives here.
It’s fair and even warranted to place the blame of the WV chemical leak on Freedom Industries and their willful neglect of the storage containers. That’s a valid point. When you’re upstream of a major area’s water supply, it would behoove you to check up on your facilities more than once every twenty years.
This, however, is a two-way street. Over the past 150 years, West Virginia has turned into an easy target for industry. What’s not to love? Abundant natural resources, cheap property, and residents to thrive on ignoring the past in the name of “tradition.” We brought this on ourselves. We stood by and let coal companies and chemical plants use our state as they see fit, and we take it as proof that the West Virginian is a strong, resilient person. This culture of ignorance has helped lead to the stereotypes, the rape of our land, and the cycle of poverty that all too many of us have experienced.