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Gas pipeline spill in 2012 caused more pollution than reported

Workers at a gas pipeline.
Workers at a gas pipeline.

JACKSON, WI (WTAQ) - A gasoline pipeline spill from last July caused more pollution in Washington County than what’s been reported.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the total number of residential wells near Jackson that were polluted with petroleum compounds has risen to 65.

DNR hydrogeologist Marty Nessman said 23 wells were not included in the state's official list of polluted wells, because they had so little pollution that the exact amounts could not quantified. The paper also said 12 of those 23 wells do not have carbon filters which the pipeline's owner provided for 77 other well-owners.

Filters were only given to those homes close to where the largest contamination took place.

The pollution was caused after 55,000 gallons of gasoline leaked from a West Shore Pipeline Company line last July 17th.

The company has paid for numerous tests, temporary water supplies, and other measures.

Over 200 families in the area have filed suit against West Shore and Buckeye Partners, saying the firms were negligent in failing to prevent the gas spill.

Next year, over 100 properties will get village water from nearby Jackson. Officials expect to bill West Shore for the extensions. 

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