"My biggest fear after drinking a glass of my own water is that this is all going to be swept under the rug," said a woman to the audience and Brockovich. "The governor, in one of his first press conferences, he made sure to distance this from coal companies."
"We don't know who to trust," she continued. "Who do we ask and how do we keep the pressure on when we feel like we're facing a tide of go along, get along?"
One woman, from the center of the room, called for accountability from Freedom Industries, which has only held one meeting with reporters following the spill.
"I have a 1-year-old at home, and I don't want her in 20 years to not be able to have children, because of these chemicals," she said. "I want to know when are we going to get some answers about Freedom and who's going to be punished."
One service industry worker spoke about his struggle with being out of work during the water ban, which has now lasted for five days. He asked Brockovich and Bob Bocock, a member of her environmental investigation team, how to fight for answers and a kind of justice.
"You're doing it right now, and by that I mean: you're all here," Bocock said. "Don't let the rest of the country forget what happened here."
"We want you to be proactive," Brokovich said. "This is your community and your rights and your water. And you have every right to be very vocal about the situation."
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