CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Frustrated by the chemical spill, Linda Frame doesn't see much of a reason to stay in Charleston.
"My kids want to go to WVU," but if things don't change, "I'm going to encourage them to leave," she said.
Frame made the comment at a town hall meeting held in the gymnasium of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in South Hills on Monday night.
About 100 people gathered at the church to try to get answers about "what's next?" since a coal-processing chemical leaked out of a tank Jan. 9 at Freedom Industries and into the Elk River, contaminating the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians.
Residents were told not to use their water for days after the leak. But since the ban was lifted, many still don't feel comfortable drinking the water -- which many still say smells like licorice.
Nearly everyone raised his or her hand when asked who still wasn't drinking the water. Dozens of questions were asked during the two-hour meeting, but not many answers were provided.
West Virginia House of Delegates members J.B. McCuskey and Eric Nelson, both R-Kanawha, and state Sen. Chris Walters, R-Putnam, attended the meeting. McCuskey and Charleston City Councilman Courtney Persinger organized the discussion.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, health officer for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, and Paul Painter, laboratory director for ALS Global in South Charleston, also took questions from residents.
Painter was the only panelist who said he had been drinking water from the tap.
"I did bathe through the ban," he said after the meeting, adding, though, that his water didn't have the licorice smell.
Gupta said he's tried to drink the water, but said the smell makes it difficult.
Many residents had questions about a bill, now on the Senate floor, that would require registration, inspection and regulation of above-ground chemical storage tank farms, and require public water systems to develop emergency plans to respond to contamination of their water sources.
"Are [lawmakers] really doing something with teeth or is this a dog and pony show," one man asked.