When the cows on Wilbur Tennant’s Parkersburg, West Virginia farm started dying “left and right,” the long-time farmer suspected it had something to do with the town’s DuPont chemical plant.
The town’s lawyers, politicians, journalists and veterinarians blew him off. But Tennant finally got the attention of one lawyer, Rob Billot—only because Billot’s grandmother lived near Parkersburg, and the corporate attorney had fond memories of visiting her as a child.
“Dark Waters” is based on the true story of how Tennant and Billot took on DuPont, which was knowingly poisoning the nearly 70,000 people in the Parkersburg area with cancer-causing “forever chemicals” used to make Teflon.
DuPont, founded in 1802 as a gunpowder mill, says on its website that the company is “using science and innovation to make the world a safer, healthier and better place to live.”
But “Dark Waters” tells a very different story.