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Bill Gates, center, is introduced by Marshall University President Brad D. Smith, left, while U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., looks on during their conversation about West Virginia’s energy future at the Clay Center in Charleston on Monday.

CHARLESTON — On the ninth anniversary of a Charleston specialty chemicals producer’s spill into the Elk River that left 300,000 people without clean drinking water, Dasani water bottles were distributed without ado at an energy talk in Charleston Monday.

The talk was between U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and a man who has been the world’s richest person for over a third of his adult life.

Mike Tony covers energy and the environment for HD Media. He can be reached at 304-348-1236 or mtony@hdmediallc.com. Follow @Mike__Tony on Twitter.

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