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Chemical spill investigation by U.S. Attorney and Attorney General


The extent of the chemical spill stretches far beyond Charleston, and U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says his office has launched an investigation to find out why the spill happened.

"What we do want to do is make sure that evidence doesn't start to disappear, and that we are able to get to the bottom of whatever happened, understand how this occurred and who if any is responsible," says Goodwin.

He says it's too early to consider charges

"Whenever you have a discharge of a pollutant or a hazardous substance you have potential violation of the environmental laws," says Goodwin.

That may not be the only criminal aspect in all this. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey says his office has received numerous complaints of price gouging.

"We've been getting a lot of these reports, phone calls coming in and some postings on facebook ranging from 18 dollars for a case, 26, 30, 35, 75 dollars for a case of water," says Morrisey.

Morrisey says if you have been the victim of price gouging, keep your receipt and file a complaint with his office.

Meanwhile, federal investigators plan to follow the evidence to see what charges if any are filed in this case.

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