The recent spill of a mining chemical into the Elk River in West Virginia is a highly regrettable incident that has caused the citizens and businesses in that region significant hardship. It is our hope that life will soon return to normal there.
Georgia-Pacific Chemicals, a subsidiary of Georgia-Pacific, has been inaccurately mentioned in some news coverage and social media related to this spill. We believe it is important to clearly state the facts as they relate to Georgia-Pacific Chemicals.
About our chemicals used in the mining industry:
• We do not produce or sell the chemical that leaked into the Elk River.
• 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM), as its name suggests, is alcohol or glycol-based.
• Many of Georgia-Pacific Chemicals’ mining products are plant-based (derived from the pulping of pine trees).
About our business relationship with Freedom Industries:
• Much of the social media conversation that claims Georgia-Pacific is connected to this incident stems from an outdated 2008 news release about our chemicals business working with Freedom Industries to distribute our mining products, which were new to the market at the time.
• In 2012, we altered our distribution arrangements with Freedom Industries. While still a customer of ours, Freedom Industries is no longer a distributor of any of our products.
• Our mining products are not shipped to nor stored at the West Virginia facility. We manage the transportation of our chemicals from point of manufacture to the end user directly.
• Neither Georgia-Pacific Chemicals nor our parent company has any ownership interest in Freedom Industries.
About our products:
• Georgia-Pacific Chemicals produces chemicals used in oil and gas drilling, production, and refining markets. Many of these products are derived from the pulping of pine trees.
• More about our mining chemicals products can be found at www.gp-chemicals.com/oil-gas-mining/.
About our commitment to safety, sustainability and environmental stewardship:
• Safety, sustainability and environmental compliance are critically important to Georgia-Pacific and always have been.
• We believe being sustainable requires a long-term, 360-degree perspective. It requires understanding the impact of our decisions and actions on our communities, the environment and our business through the entire life cycle – sourcing raw materials, making and shipping our products, and the end use and disposal of those products.
• We work tirelessly to develop, produce, distribute and market products in a manner that protects the environment and the health and safety of employees, customers, contractors and the communities in which we operate, while fully complying with applicable laws and regulations.
Greg Guest | (404) 652-4721
Eric Abercrombie | (404) 652-5209
Deborah Galloway | (404) 652-5543 Deborah.Galloway@gapac.com