State AG warns of price gouging after spill
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginians about price gouging on water, ice or other commodities in response to the water emergency related to a chemical spill.
Morrisey says it's illegal and "just plain wrong'' to inflate the price of water in times of emergency. His office is already hearing reports of price gouging going on in the area.
Morrisey is encouraging anyone who has been charged overly inflated prices to file a complaint with the office's consumer protection division.
The chemical spill Thursday prompted officials to tell residents in nine counties not to bathe, brush their teeth or wash their clothes.
The chemical, a foaming agent used in the coal preparation process, leaked from a tank at Freedom Industries, overran a containment area and went into the river.