Clean-up efforts of an oil spill that released over 4,000 gallons of crude oil at the Pocahontas Pump Station, near Highland, Illinois, on July 10 are still on-going. While cleanup of the spill started immediately, the surrounding properties may have significant damage with oil being absorbed in to the soil where farmer’s crops are planted.

Silver Lake, which supplies water to the city of Highland and provides much of the area’s recreational activities, had been closed as a precaution. The lake reopened on Wednesday, July 22.

Plains All American Pipeline has estimated that cleanup is 95 percent complete. According to Jason Blevins, director of eastern operations for the Texas based company, “…the other five percent, we can’t give you a definite time frame on.”

Response efforts are expected to transition from an emergency response phase to an operations and maintenance phase due to the progress made in the clean-up efforts.

The Pocahontas pipeline will remain offline until further details as to what caused the spill are revealed.

Click here to learn more about the oil spill at the Plains All American Pipeline Pocahontas pump station.

Simmons Hanly Conroy is currently investigating the legal rights of those who may have been affected by the oil spill. If you live within the vicinity of the Pocahontas pump station and believe that you have experienced damage to your property or have suffered a loss of income, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to know your rights before filing a claim.

To learn more about what you should do next, contact Simmons Hanly Conroy by filling out this form or calling 1-855-264-6270.