Illinois AG Files Suit For Ground Water Contamination

Allison Blood, KMOX News
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Photo: Alan Cressler, Getty Images

Photo: Alan Cressler, Getty Images

SPRINGFIELD, Il.  – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against Wood River Refinery for contaminating ground water with oil, gasoline and hazardous waste.

Madigan is alleging that past and present operators of the Wood River Refinery allowed contaminants to enter the groundwater under the refinery and migrate beyond the refinery’s property line in the village of Roxana.

The suit names WRB Refining LP, the current owner of the refinery, and several former owners and operators, including ConocoPhillips and Shell Oil.
“These companies must be held accountable for the environmental and public health damage caused by this contamination,” Madigan said in a release. “This lawsuit seeks a complete assessment and a plan to restore the quality of the groundwater and subsurface to pre-contamination conditions and to protect the people living in Roxana.”
The suit is looking for a civil penalty of $50,000 per violation and an additional $10,000 penalty for each day the violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act continued.  Madigan is also asking the court for reimbursement of costs incurred by the Illinois EPA in the investigation and cleanup.
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