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If you are a homeowner, farmer or business owner who has been affected by the recent oil spill near Highland, Ill., you may be entitled to compensation. Attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy are currently investigating the legal rights of those in the vicinity of the Plains All American oil spill located at the company’s Pocahontas pump station in Illinois.
Oil spills are serious hazards that can wreak havoc on an area. Clean-up is costly and time consuming, and the damages suffered throughout the process can add up. It is important to know your legal rights in the matter before you file a claim.
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On July 10, 2015, the Plains All American Pipeline experienced a crude oil release at the Pocahontas pump station. Located nearly 40 miles from St. Louis, Mo., the pump had released nearly 4,200 gallons of oil to the surrounding areas, including a nearby creek which feeds into Highland Silver Lake. This lake is what supplies the city of Highland, Ill. with its drinking water.
A unified command including the Texas- based company Plains Pipeline that owns the pump, the city of Highland and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been established to organize the clean-up of the spill. In addition, a corrective action order was put in place by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), which will suspend operations to preform safety improvements to the failed pipeline.