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Judge defends secrecy in spill co. bankruptcy case

June 27, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge is defending his decision to let the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply file some financial statements out of public view.

According to The Charleston Gazette ( ), Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson in Charleston wrote Thursday that Freedom should provide periodic updates on Charleston spill site cleanup. He suggested news conferences.

In his defense, Pearson said it's an unusual requirement for Freedom to have to file forecast budgets.

Pearson wrote that the shielded budgets help ensure a competitive bid process for various contractors Freedom hires.

The January spill caused a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for four to 10 days.

Freedom will have limited resources to disburse to those owed money. That includes businesses and people who sued for money lost during the ban.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,



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