Answers prompt more questions in Flint water crisis

By Nancy Kaffer

November 21, 2015

Excerpt: “To buy water from Detroit while the Karegnondi system was under construction would come at a premium, a cost that, over the next year, Flint — more precise, Flint’s emergency manager, because reports say there is no record indicating the city council ever weighed in on the subject — decided that the city could not pay. In April 2014, Snyder called for Flint and Detroit water system officials to meet in a last-ditch attempt to hammer out a deal — Detroit had filed for bankruptcy the year before, and losing a major customer like Flint was a poor prospect. But the two sides couldn’t reach agreement, and later that month — one year after the city joined the Karegnondi authority — its contract with Detroit ended. Flint River water began to flow out of city taps. Walling and former emergency manager Darnell Earley marked the occasion with a celebration, quaffing glasses of fresh-pumped river water.

That’s how the State of Michigan and the City of Flint came to poison children with lead.”