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Charleston Public Relations Company Will No Longer Represent Freedom Industries

Reported: Jan. 12, 2014 10:25 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 12, 2014 2:05 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin, Jeff Morris) -- A Charleston public relations firm said Sunday that it has decided it will no longer represent the company that was involved in a chemical leak that prompted a multiple-county water crisis.

Susan Lavenski with Charles Ryan Associates said the firm will no longer represent Freedom Industries. She did not elaborate.

The decision comes on the heels of a tense news conference that occurred on Friday.
During that abbreviated news conference at the company's facility on Barlow Drive, Freedom Industries President Gary Southern apologized for the chemical spill that has disrupted water service in nine West Virginia counties.

“We are very, very sorry for disruption of everyone’s daily life,” Southern said.

Southern maintained the company tries to be transparent in its operations and has been focusing its attention on the crisis since it happened.

When pressed for specifics, he repeatedly attempted to end the news conference. At one point, he tried to walk away, but Eyewitness News Anchor/Reporter Kallie Cart told him that, “We’re not done,” and Southern returned to answer more questions.



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