State to bill pipeline operator for costs related to Jackson spill

CREATED Jul 15, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 15, 2013

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TOWN OF JACKSON - This Wednesday will mark one year since a gasoline pipeline ruptured and spilled tens of thousands of gallons of gasoline.

The state DNR has spent roughly 2,500 man hours since then monitoring the clean up and working on a new water solution for dozens of homes affected by the spill.

"We do seek reimbursement on projects of this nature," said DNR Southeast Wisconsin Director Eric Nitschke.  "We continue to track the hours that we have and any expenses that we have."

Nitschke doesn't have the exact cost yet, but says it will likely be into six figures.

At some point in the future, the state will submit a bill to the company that owns the pipeline.  That company has said it will cover costs related to the cleanup.

42 private wells on 40 properties have tested positive for contamination following the spill.  The Town of Jackson is moving forward with a plan to tie homes affected by the spill into the Village of Jackson water system.