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Company blamed for W.Va. spill files for bankruptcy

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The company blamed for a chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without safe drinking water filed for bankruptcy Friday.

Freedom Industries Inc., facing at least 31 lawsuits and additional state and federal investigations after the Jan. 9 spill, filed a Chapter 11 petition with the US Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of West Virginia.

Company president Gary Southern signed the paperwork, which lists the company’s assets and liabilities as a range — both between $1 million and $10 million. It says the company has at least 200 creditors and owes its top 20 creditors $3.66 million.

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