Nearly 200,000 affected by WV chemical spill

CREATED Jan. 10, 2014

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CHARLESTON, WV -- A chemical spill in West Virginia has left tens of thousands of people without running water.

A chemical leaked from a storage tank, then spilled over a containment area into a river.

West Virginia's governor has declared a state of emergency for nine counties. People have been told not to use their tap water.

According to CNN, the chemical is a type of methanol used to wash coal.