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Contamination Lawsuit - Roxana, Ill.

Contamination Lawsuit - Roxana, Ill.

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTFORTHETHIRDJUDICIALCIRCUITMADISONCOUNTY,ILLINOISJEANAP
ARKO,
DELBERT
R
COBINE,JANICEA.COBINE,andRODGERJENNINGS,individuallyandonbehalfofallotherssimilarlysituated,Plaintiffs,
v.
SHELLOILCOMPANY,EQUILONENTERPRISES,LLC
dlbl
aShellOilProducts,US,aCorporation,CONOCOPHILLIPSCOMPANY,WRBREFININGLP,CONOCOPHILLIPSWRBPARTNERLLC,andCENOVUSGPCOLLC,Defendants.CaseNo.
~~--~
JuryTrialDemanded
CLASS
ACTION
COMPLAINT
NowcomethePlaintiffs,JeanaParka,DelbertR.
Cobine,
Janice
A.
Cobine,andRodgerJennings,individuallyandonbehalfofallotherssimilarlysituated,bytheircounsel,andcomplainingoftheDefendantsSHELLOILCOMPANY;EQUlLONENTERPRISES,LLC,
d/b/
aShellOilProducts,US;CONOCOPHILLIPSCOMPANY;WRBREFININGLP;CONOCOPHILLIPSWRBPARTNERLLC;andCENOVUSGPeOLLC,fortheircauseofactionstate:
INTRODUCTION
1.
ThisisanactionbroughtbyPlaintiffs,ownersofrealpropertyintheVillageofRoxana,Illinois("Roxana"
or
the"Village"),seekingcompensationandotherreliefarisingfromcontaminationofPlaintiffs'propertycausedbyDefendants.2.Roxana,locatedinMadisonCounty,Illinois,isavillageofapproximately1,500people,with655households,and436familiesresidinginit.TheVillage
Case
No._
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encompassesapproximately6.8squaremiles.AmajorityofthelandinRoxanaistakenupbytheWoodRiveroilrefinery,pollutionfromwhichisthesubjectofthisaction.TheWoodRiveroilrefinery,alongwithitsassociatedpipelines,isreferredtohereafterasthe"Refinery."3.TheconductcomplainedofinthisComplaintisthetrespassontoPlaintiffs'propertyofDefendants'benzene,volatileorganiccompounds,andotherhydrocarbons.Defendantsmanufactured,stored,andtransportedbenzeneandotherhydrocarbonsattheRefineryanditsassociatedpipelinesfrom1918throughpresentdate.4.Contaminationofthegroundwaterhasoccurredastheresultofreleasesandspillsofpetroleumproductsfromleakingpipesandstoragetanks,transferofproduct,equipmentfailures,andruptures,aswellasfromtheleachingofcompoundsfromcontaminatedsoilsandsedimentsorinfiltrationfromsurfacewaterimpoundments.Theimpactofon-sitewastedisposalactivitieshascontributedtogroundwatercontamination.
S.
BecauseoftheextensiveuseofgroundwaterintheareaincludingbytheoperatorsoftheRefinery,thevulnerablenatureofthelocalgroundwaterresource,andthecloseproximityofwellstoareasofcontamination,drinkingwaterinRoxanaispotentiallyatriskMoreover,volatileproductsingroundwaterhavepenetratedintohomesthroughseepage,cracks,ordrains,andresult
in
highcontaminantconcentrationsinindoorair.6.Surfacewatercontaminationhasoccurredastheresultofspillsandotherreleasesaswellasthroughtheplanneddischargeoftreatedanduntreatedwastewatertoreceivingstreams,includingtheCahokiaDiversionChannelandtheMississippiRiver.7.Soilcontaminationexistsastheresultofspillsandleaks,movementofcontaminatedsoilastheresultofsurfacerunoff,andthesettling-outofcontaminated
CaseNo._Page2of41
 
dusts.Spillsandsurfacerunoffmayhavecontaminatedsoilaccessibletothepublic.Contaminationofthefoodchainisapossibilitythroughsurfacedepositionofairbornecontaminants.8.Releaseshavealsoresultedinairborneemissionsasaresultofdirectreleasestotheair,volatilizationfromcontaminatedsoilsandwater,andentrairunentfromcontaminatedsoilsasairbornedusts.Outdoorairhasshownhighcontaminantconcentrations.9.AlargenumberofchemicalsarereleasedtotheairasaresultoftheRefinery'sday-to-dayoperations.Thesesubstancesincludearomaticsolvents,chlorinatedsolvents,alcoholsandethers,acids,phenolics,polynucleararomatichydrocarbons,aliphatichydrocarbons,aldehydes,corrosives,metals,andothermiscellaneouscompounds.10.ThecurrentoperatoroftheRefinerycontinuestoconductitsoperationsoastoreleasethesesubstancesinexcessivelevelsintotheairoftheVillageofRoxana,exposinginhabitants,workers,andvisitorstothenuisanceandmechanicalirritanteffectsofthesechemicals.
In
someindividuals,repeatedexposuretothesesubstancesmaycontributetodustoverloadingofthelungs.Theveryyoung,theelderly,orthosewithpre-existingrespiratoryconditionsareatthegreatestriskforthishazard.
THE
PARTIES
11.Plaintiff[eanaParkaistheownerofcertainimprovedrealpropertylocatedat132East5
th
StreetRoxana,Illinois.PlaintiffParkopurchasedthispropertyinorabout1999andhasresidedattheaddresssincethattime.Thehomehasanopendrain
in
thebasementandcinderblockbasementwalls.12.PlaintiffsDelbert
R.
CobineandJaniceA.Cobinearetheownersofcertainimprovedrealpropertylocatedat128East5
th
Street,Roxana,Illinois.Plaintiffspurchasedthispropertyinorabout1973andhaveresidedattheaddresssincethattime.Thehomehasanopendraininthebasementandcinderblockbasementwalls.
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