Sewage Spill Video A Fake
Updated: Wednesday, March 13 2013, 05:59 PM EDT
At first video posted on YouTube looked like an intentional sewage spill in Buncombe County by a company known as IPR or Inland Pipe Rehabilitation. The firm was recently hired by the Metropolitan Sewage District for a construction project.
Two IPR workers who posted the video initially seemed like good guys for discovering the spill, then posting the evidence online. But investigators from NCDENR, MSD, and IPR said the whole thing was a fraud.
In fact, a spokesman for IPR told News 13's Mario Boone the two men responsible for the video are disgruntled workers who staged it to create a sensational video. IPR also said the acts seen in the video violate company policies and procedures, and the workers who posted the video are no longer with the company.
"YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter and all those instant communication outlets requires us to do our homework," said Gene Ellison, a legal expert. Ellison said this story highlights why it's important for the media to vet the credibility of videos and other information found online.
"I think we all have a responsibility to make sure in this world of instant communication that we are reporting accurately what's true and what's false, and that means you got to do your homework," said Ellison.
The former workers in the video have not been identified.
By: Mario Boone, firstname.lastname@example.org
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