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People to rally for clean water safeguards in Charleston, WV

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Many people still choose to drink bottled water following a chemical spill into the Elk River on January 9. Many people still choose to drink bottled water following a chemical spill into the Elk River on January 9.
CHARLESTON, WV -

People plan to rally in support for clean water safeguards and regulatory enforcement on Thursday.

According to a press release from the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, local citizen groups and individuals who have been impacted by the ongoing water contamination crisis will participate in the demonstrations.  Organizers believe the crisis is a result of corporate negligence and a failure of government oversight, according to the release.

The first demonstration will start at 8:45 a.m. in front of the Charleston Civic Center, one hour before Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is set to address the WV Coal Association Symposium, also at the Civic Center.

At 10:45 a.m., participants will gather in the Upper Rotunda of the State Capitol just before state lawmakers go into session at 11 a.m.

At 12:15 p.m., participants will gather in the hall in front of the Governor's Reception Room to deliver a petition in support of the West Virginia Citizen Action for Real Enforcement campaign. The petition has been signed by thousands of people from West Virginia, as well as tens of thousands of people nationwide, organizers said.