Over 90 families in Town of Jackson sign up for planned lawsuit over pipeline spill

CREATED Oct 19, 2012

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TOWN OF JACKSON- Problems from a huge gasline spill in Jackson are likely heading to court.

So far, over 90 families have signed up with two different law firms in a potential lawsuit against the pipeline company and their operator.

The families selected local law firm Habush, Habush and Rottier S.C., and a Baltimore law firm that specializes in gas spills for the legal representation. No lawsuit has been filed yet.

Back in July, more than 55,000 gallons of gas leaked from a ruptured pipe under a massive dig site in the Washington County town.

The law firms argue only about 2,000 of those gallons of gas have been recovered from the soil.

So far benzene, the chemical in gas, has been found at high levels in 26 private wells in the area.

Many homes around the spill are still in a drinking water advisory.

Residents said back in July they were considering hiring attorneys because they felt their property values and quality of life would never be the same.

"You look at the value of your home on Monday and Thursday it's zero," claims Jackson resident John Fenton.

"Every day I would walk outside and thank God for this amazingly peaceful place, it's not peaceful anymore," says Jackson resident Sally McComis.  "The concern of never being able to return there is a really big concern of mine."

TODAY'S TMJ4 reached out to the West Shore Pipe Line company, but they did not return any calls.