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Romeoville Oil Leak Update

9/14/10 UPDATE: According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the Illinois EPA has referred this matter to the Illinois Attorney General’s office for a possible enforcement action.


9/13/10 UPDATE: According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the leak has been stopped: “Crews on Monday removed a 12-foot section of pipe at the site of an oil spill outside Chicago that led to a spike in regional gasoline prices, but it could take weeks to clean up the contamination.”


For those of you who have not watched the local news lately, an oil leak in Romeoville was discovered on Thursday, September 8th.  The Chicago Sun Times website has a good article providing an updated news account of the story.  This is still a major concern because oil still seems to be leaking, and the source of the leak has not yet been identified.

I drove out to the site yesterday (a short drive because I live in Naperville).  Unfortunately, I could not get very close to the site because police had blocked off the nearby streets.  But there was a lot going on, with police, EPA, and contractor vehicles onsite.

The only thing that seems to be clear is that the company responsible for the leak, Enbridge (which has another major oil incident to contend with in Michigan) has a lot of explaining to do.

Stay tuned to the Illinois Environmental Law Blog for more news and developments.

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