Michigan governor may testify in Flint water crisis hearing

At the request of Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform will hold hearings on Flint, Michigan’s drinking-water emergency.

Governor Rick Snyder is expected to receive an invitation to testify at the hearing.

“The details being discussed surrounding a hearing on the Flint water crisis are entirely premature.  There are no confirmed details at this time, particularly with respect to a date or witness invitations,” a House Oversight Committee statement read.

The calamity began with Flint City Council’s decision to purchase water from the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA) rather than be bound by the Flint River as its primary source of drinking water as a cost-cutting measure.

Flint’s city council approved a motion to purchase 16 million gallons a day.

In April 2015, Flint began its collaboration with the KWA and began the purchase of treated water from the Flint River.

Within one month of securing a new water source, residents of Flint began to experience sickness and the city began taking mass complaints about the taste, smell and appearance of the water.

However, Flint city officials did not react to protestations until late October 2015.

It was not until a study completed by civil engineers, physicians and water-quality experts determined unusually high amounts of lead in Flint’s drinking water and among some children that the city and state took action.

“The purpose of the hearing is to identify precisely what went wrong in the process and to ensure that those who were responsible are to be held accountable and that this never happens again,” said Tracy Manzer, communications director for Representative Lawrence.


[Reuters] [Photo courtesy Jake May/MLive.com]