In an exclusive interview, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley spoke with Roland Martin, host of TV One’s NewsOne Now, about the origins of the Flint water crisis and his role in the man-made disaster.
Earley, joined by his lawyer, Attorney A. Scott Bolden, explained that the decision to switch Flint’s water supply to the Flint River and use services from the KWA Water Authority was made by the Flint City Council.
According to Earley, “There was consensus about the Flint River being used in the interim” while infrastructure was established to facilitate the switch from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) under former Emergency Manager Edward Kurtz.
Earley later added that Kurtz signed two emergency orders in 2013 “supporting the switch from DWSD to KWA and he signed an emergency order to improve the Flint water treatment plant for the purpose of using the Flint River in the interim.”
“The move to KWA meant you had to have an alternative water source for two years while the plant was being constructed, the consensus was because the Flint River had been used as a back-up water source for the 50 years of the DWSD contract and because prior to the DWSD contract, the Flint River had been the primary source of water for the City of Flint. It made sense as the option because they could not afford to not have resources to buy water from Detroit any longer,” said Earley.
Residents in Flint are reacting to Roland Martin’s exclusive interview with Darnell Earley, the former Emergency Manager who discussed the origins of the Flint water crisis and declined to blame anyone or accept full responsibility for conditions in the devastated American city.
In response to Earley’s remarks, resident LeeAnne Walters told Martin, “A lot of it was lies and him just trying to cover himself.”
Walters countered Earley’s narrative of the water crisis, saying, “Detroit Water came forward April 15, 2013 with a contract for the City of Flint that would have saved them $800 million over the course of 30 years, compared to the KWA [contract]; that is not what we heard from him today.”
Roland Martin, the outspoken host of TV One’s NewsOne Now, shared his perspective regarding the ongoing Flint water crisis after his exclusive interview with former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley on Tuesday.
“Governor Rick Snyder cannot actually fix this problem,” said Martin. He later added, “What this governor is doing is running from the problem.”
“Doesn’t matter that he’s a Republican, doesn’t matter if he is a Democrat, what matters is that he has failed his own citizens. The folks who went to the polls who voted for him, even those who did not vote for Gov. Rick Snyder, he also failed them because they are still constituents,” Martin said.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.