Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (left)
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West Virginia chemical spill creates water warning

About 300,000 people in the US state of West Virginia have been warned not to drink tap water after a chemical spill into a river near the state capital.

A foaming agent used in the coal preparation process leaked from a tank at Freedom Industries on Thursday.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin told people affected by the spill not to drink, bath or cook with the water.