CHARLESTON, W.Va.,Jan. 6, 2016/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Two years after the Elk River chemical spill disaster that left 300,000 without access to safe, clean water,West Virginiacontinues to grapple with a host of water-related issues that are far from being resolved, according to a major new report to be issued at12 p.m.(noon) EST Thursday (January 7, 2016) during a live phone-based news conference with full Q&A.

The report by Boston Action Research (BAR), a project of the Civil Society Institute, will focus on: prominent failures of privately owned water utilities inWest Virginia; lack of corporate transparency with privatized water; the poor results of the West Virginia American Water (WVAW) response to theJanuary 92014 Elk River chemical spill;West Virginiawater rate hikes; and options for municipalizing the Charleston Regional Water System. The BAR report also puts theWest Virginiawater problems in the context of wider national and international trends.

News event speakers will be:

Grant Smith, senior energy analyst and lead report author, Civil Society Institute;

Cathy Kunkel, report editor, Advocates for a Safe Water System,Charleston, West Virginia; and

Pam Nixon,Charleston, WVbranch, NAACP.

TO PARTICIPATE: You can join this live, phone-basedWest Virginianews conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at12 p.m. ESTonJanuary 7, 2016by dialing1 (800) 860-2442FREE. Ask for the "West Virginia Water Accountability Report" telenews event.

CAN'T PARTICIPATE? A streaming audio replay of this news event will be available as of4 p.m. ESTonJanuary 7, 2016at


Boston Action Research is a project of theNewton, MA-based nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute (, which is a think tank that serves as a catalyst for change by creating problem-solving interactions among people, and between communities, government and business that can help to improve society. Since 2003, CSI has conducted more than 25 major national and state-level surveys and reports on energy and auto issues, including vehicle fuel-efficiency standards, consumer demand for hybrids/other highly-fuel efficient vehicles, global warming and renewable energy. In collaboration with the Environmental Working Group, the Civil Society Institute has initiated the American Clean Energy Agenda ( an effort calling for bold steps to movethe United Statestoward a clean, safe energy future, which has been endorsed by over 110 organizations representing more than 1.7 million Americans.