Updated 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4
Below is a day-by-day list of the Daily Mail’s coverage of the Elk River chemical leak on Thursday, Jan. 9, that resulted in water contamination for over 300,000 people. This list does not include daily resources, like lists of water and recycling locations that were updated each day.
This list is updated daily and goes by what day the story was put online (unless noted). That means a few stories of these may have appeared in the print edition of the Daily Mail on a different date.
Thursday, Jan. 9
Water warning now in 9 counties, emergency supplies on order – by Charlotte Ferrell Smith, Ashley B. Craig and Matt Murphy.
Friday, Jan. 10
Officials: Little known about spill recovery timeline – Dave Boucher.
Water situation improving – Whitney Burdette.
Freedom Industries provides scant details about WV chemical leak – Dave Boucher.
Rockefeller asks CSB to investigate chemical leak – Jared Hunt.
Lawsuits piling up over chemical leak – Jared Hunt.
WVU researcher says water use precautions are necessary – Shay Maunz.
WV residents hunt for safe water – Marcus Constantino.
Sheriff’s deputies respond to threat at Freedom Industries – Matt Murphy.
Legislature working despite water contamination – Whitney Burdette.
Attorney General warns of price gouging after spill – Wire reports.
Saturday, Jan. 11
Video: WV life in a water contamination emergency – Elaine McMillion.
Officials: More chemical leaked than previously thought – Dave Boucher.
Chemical Safety Board to investigate W.Va. spill – Wire reports.
4 hospitalized in WV after chemical spill – Wire reports.
Some facilities affected by W.Va. spill may reopen – Wire reports.
Sunday, Jan. 12
Water tests improving; still no timetable given on resuming use – Dave Boucher.
Potential ‘loophole’ in chemical spill reporting law – Dave Boucher.
Hospitality, retail industries suffering during leak - Matt Murphy.
Water delivery a godsend for some residents – Ashley B. Craig.
Many schools affected by water ban still closed – Ashley B. Craig.
Monday, Jan. 13
Here is how WV residents can flush their water lines – George Hohmann.
Some Lincoln County customers cleared to use local water – Matt Murphy.
Senator encourages others to ‘turn up the tips’ – Jared Hunt and Whitney Burdette.
Some residents travel for showers and laundry – Charlotte Ferrell Smith.
Tuesday, Jan. 14
19 lawsuits filed against company at center of chemical leak – Andrea Lannom.
Lawmakers meet again after delay from chemical spill – Dave Boucher.
Recycling of plastic bottles encouraged – Matt Murphy.
Officials say water testing continues, but slow process – Dave Boucher.
Shutdown could cost city $120,000 in tax revenue – Jared Hunt.
Charleston Sanitary Board can’t cut customers a break, mayor says – Marcus Constantino.
Erin Brockovich holds town hall meeting in Charleston – Matt Murphy.
United Way campaign to help affected workers pay bills – Jared Hunt.
Woman sues Freedom Industries, water company because of illness – Andrea Lannom.
Wednesday, Jan. 15
Freedom Industries slapped with violations after moving chemical – Dave Boucher.
DEP considers an inventory of facilities in state – Dave Boucher.
More than half of affected customers see “do not use” ban lifted – Marcus Constantino.
Treatment plants handling mass flush – Matt Murphy.
Kanawha schools prepare to open again after crisis – Shay Maunz.
Residents say incident has created distrust of water supply – Marcus Constantino.
Chemical leak prompts court claims – Andrea Lannom
State bill would require on-surface facility inspections – Whitney Burdette.
Putnam officials praise crisis response – Kara Moore.
Huntington helps those without water – Samuel Speciale
Thursday, Jan. 16
Water ban lifted for nearly 20,000 overnight Wednesday – Marcus Constantino.
Neighbors complain of MCHM presence near trucking company – Matt Murphy.
Influx of ER visits reported following lifted ‘do not use’ advisories – Marcus Constantino.
W.Va. delegate joins in chemical leak lawsuit – Andrea Lannom.
Bottled water still in high demand – Charlotte Ferrell Smith.
Local water supplier Tyler Mountain stays busy – Jared Hunt.
Community members pull together during water crisis – Charlotte Ferrell Smith.
After missed days, schools hope to get back to normal – Shay Maunz.
Civic Center adjusts for water crisis – Zack Harold.
Freedom Industries could use PR advice (column) - Jared Hunt.
Friday, Jan. 17.
TODAY: Setbacks, problems plague water restoration efforts – Marcus Constantino.
Water expert says chemical likely was leaking for awhile – Matt Murphy.
Several new violations for Freedom Industries – Dave Boucher (in print Jan. 17).
Questions about WV water safety still remain – Dave Boucher.
Small communities meet water demand – Matt Murphy.
Peanut Shoppe offers special on ‘Crude MCHM Jelly Beans’ – Zack Harold.
Kanawha should resume classes Tuesday – Shay Maunz.
Bill to help small businesses passes W.Va. House – Whitney Burdette (in print Jan. 17).
East End campaign aims to recoup water ban losses – Zack Harold.
National Guard helps Poison Center answer calls – Ashley B. Craig.
Man in need of pacemaker feels ‘lucky’ for family’s help – Charlotte Ferrell Smith.
Residents weather long wait for water – Marcus Constatantino.
Don’t ruin your hot water heater when you’re draining it – Marcus Constantino.
Saturday, Jan. 18
Sunday, Jan. 19
Some agencies still distributing free water – Ashley B. Craig.
WV chemical spill poses new test for lawmakers – Washington Post wire.
Monday, Jan. 20
Charleston considers lawsuit to recoup losses from spill – Matt Murphy.
Long-term effects of spill remain uncertain – Jared Hunt.
West Side launches post-spill business campaign – Matt Murphy.
Risks of chemical leaked into Elk River still unknown – Washington Post wire.
Tuesday, Jan. 21
Official: $500k in ‘hazardous waste’ fund not applicable – Dave Boucher.
Tomblin introduces bill to regulate above-ground storage tanks – Dave Boucher.
Tomblin won’t say tap water is ‘absolutely’ safe – Dave Boucher.
Water co. president says tap water safe to drink - Matt Murphy.
WV water utility objects to Freedom Industries bankruptcy motions – Andrea Lannom.
WV coalition recommends changes after chemical leak – Whitney Burdette.
Plastic water bottle recycling skyrockets – Matt Murphy.
Dunbar mayor optimistic following chem spill – Sam Speciale.
Wednesday, Jan. 22
Freedom Industries claims all leaked substances now disclosed – Dave Boucher (in print Jan. 23).
Gupta calls late revelation of new chemical ‘unacceptable,”disturbing’ - Andrea Lannom (in print Jan. 23).
Judge grants $3 million in Freedom bankruptcy financing – Andrea Lannom.
Report says water treatment plant was at high risk – Dave Boucher.
Council authorizes Charleston officials to sue over spill – Matt Murphy.
Executives with ties to Freedom Industries gave to campaigns – Dave Boucher.
Animal shelter flooded with bottled water donations – Matt Murphy.
Which water will wet your whistle? – Zack Harold.
WV Sen. Unger criticizes governor’s storage tank proposal – Whitney Burdette.
Thursday, Jan. 23
State still relying on chemical company to follow orders – Dave Boucher.
Bill to regulate aboveground tanks passes committee – Whitney Burdette.
Consumer advocates watching American Water Company – Jared Hunt.
Charleston Town Center restaurants using bottled water – Jared Hunt.
Realtors say chemical spill hasn’t affected market – Marcus Constantino.
Yeager officials discuss response to chemical spill – Matt Murphy.
Friday, Jan. 24
Saturday, Jan. 25
Sunday, Jan. 26
Recycling efforts soar in affected areas – Charlotte Ferrell Smith.
Monday, Jan. 27
More amendments added to tank storage bill – Whitney Burdette.
Freedom Industries lawsuits question liability – Andrea Lannom.
Tuesday, Jan. 28
DEP: Freedom leaked as much as 10,000 gallons – Dave Boucher.
Residents seek solution after water crisis – Matt Murphy.
Lawmaker possibly sickened by contaminated water – Dave Boucher.
Bridge Road restaurants using bottled water – Jared Hunt.
Wednesday, Jan. 29
Federal investigators examine Freedom tanks – Andrea Lannom.
Bill to regulate chemical tanks passes WV Senate unanimously – Whitney Burdette.
Expert says tank leaked for at least 20 hours – Dave Boucher.
Charleston-area hospitals continued during chemical spill – Andrea Lannom.
Thursday, Jan. 30
Gupta, Brockovich call for long-term health surveillance – Matt Murphy.
Expert explains Freedom Industries bankruptcy case – Andrea Lannom.
Businesses turn to bottled water – Marcus Constantino.
Protesters demand better enforcement of WV water quality regulations – Whitney Burdette.
Another town hall meeting planned on WV water problems – Whitney Burdette.
Friday, Jan. 31
Official vouches for state springs – Whitney Burdette.
Business briefs: Water company reports ordered – Jared Hunt.
Saturday, Feb. 1
Sunday, Feb. 2
Monday, Feb. 3
Speakers call for action on water safety at legislative meeting – Dave Boucher.
Lawmaker to introduce bill to raise chemical safety measures – Dave Boucher.
Law firms chosen for chemical leak litigation – Matt Murphy.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Unger says WV residents lack trust – Dave Boucher.
Senators call for more oversight following chemical leak – Dave Boucher.
DEP air quality workers discuss leak with grand jury – Andrea Lannom.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Schools close for odor, illness – Shay Maunz and Marcus Constantino.
Tomblin, other officials discuss leak response moving forward – Dave Boucher.
State might test water quality in homes – Dave Boucher.
CDC, EPA officials to return to Charleston – Dave Boucher.
Water company is latest target in leak-related lawsuits – Andrea Lannom.
Official says number of bottles recycled are ‘in the millions’ – Marcus Constantino.
Thursday, Feb. 6
UPDATE: Three Kanawha schools close early for water quality issues – Shay Maunz and Marcus Constantino.
Officials at odds over safety of water – Dave Boucher.
Water company president says flushing is working – Dave Boucher.
Friday, Feb. 7
Freedom’s firm linked to related companies – Andrea Lannom.
About $50,000 paid to workers after water disaster – Jared Hunt.
Water dominates legislators’ talks with WV Press Association – Whitney Burdette.
Monday, Feb. 10
Official: More stormwater tests ‘not a bad idea’ – Dave Boucher.
Tuesday, Feb. 11
State to test water in homes after chemical spill – Dave Boucher.
‘Eye-opening’ comments lead to changes in leak bill – Dave Boucher.
Private schools still wary of water after chemical spill – Samuel Speciale.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
House debates changes to storage tank legislation – Dave Boucher.
TODAY: FEMA won’t reimburse spill costs – Dave Boucher and Matt Murphy.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Committee questions storage tank bill exemptions – Dave Boucher.
Commission wants more water company data – Jared Hunt.
Friday, Feb. 14
Sunday, Feb. 16
Many look to rainwater after chemical spill – Marcus Constantino.
Residents remain skeptical of tap water after spill – Marcus Constantino.
Doctor says tap water still not safe to drink – Marcus Constantino.
Monday, Feb. 17
Jones wants Charleston to conduct in-home testing – Ashley Craig.
Freedom Industries has spent more than $1 million since spill - Andrea Lannom.
Freedom Industries’ Poca Blending has history of DEP issues – Dave Boucher.
Freedom Industries wants to fast-track bankruptcy process – Andrea Lannom.
Grandview students sent home after odor complaints – Sam Speciale.
Lack of school poses risk to test scores – Sam Speciale.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Gov. Tomblin says state of emergency is nearing its end – Dave Boucher.
Jones wants independent, unbiased water tests – Matt Murphy.
State costs for chemical leak top $3 million – Dave Boucher.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Officials say water crisis has cost CAMC nearly $2 million – Andrea Lannom.
Business owners want assurance that water is safe – Marcus Constantino.
Water safety at forefront of school board meeting – Sam Speciale.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Water company faces complaints filed through PSC – Andrea Lannom.
Chemical spill compensation bill pulled in committee – Whitney Burdette.
Nitro water distribution site closed after sinkhole opens beneath tanker – Marcus Constantino.
Friday, Feb. 21
TODAY: Freedom executives back in court for bankruptcy hearing – Andrea Lannom.
Sunday, Feb. 23
Unlicensed chemcial leak entities received DEP permits – Dave Boucher.
Freedom executives due in court Tuesday for creditors’ meeting – Andrea Lannom.
Dental group uses bottled water during crisis – Charlotte Ferrell Smith.
Monday, Feb. 24
Water complaints investigated at 3 area schools – Sam Speciale.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Freedom president speaks at creditor hearing – Andrea Lannom.
Elk River report outlines other water safety threats – Dave Boucher.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
CAMC expects to recoup losses from difficult January – Andrea Lannom.
PSC advises water customers about questionable bills – Jared Hunt.
Thursday, Feb. 27
Report: Roughly 1,600 tanks are near public WV water sources – Dave Boucher.
More changes made to storage tank bill – Dave Boucher.
Friday, Feb. 28
Saturday, March 1
Monday, March 3
House Finance Committee changes chemical spill bill – Dave Boucher.
Judiciary committee approves chemical spill bill – Dave Boucher.
Bill would raise water rates $51 million, PSC says – Jared Hunt.
Tuesday, March 4
Freedom given OK to hire firm that will help preserve evidence – Andrea Lannom.