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The Daily Journal: Shell timeline 12-13-07

12/13/2007, 12:21 pm

Spill timeline:

1988 — 100,000 gallons of gasoline spilled from Shell pipeline underground near Limestone School, some spreading for at least a mile underground by 2002.

Feb. 25 1994 — First story breaks of contamination of local well water with MTBE, a cancer-causing gasoline additive.

March 1994 — Shell assumes cost of providing pure water to residents of leak area.

June 30, 1997 — Lawsuit filed against Shell by the State of Illinois and County of Kankakee

July 15, 1997 — More contamination found in wells.

December 2001 — Lawsuit filed on behalf of Edith Quick. Becomes class action suit.

February 2002 — Toxins spread to Wiley Creek, 14 years after spill.

May 6, 2002 — Real estate appraiser estimates property values dropped 14-16 percent due to water contamination.

October 2005 — Attorney General Lisa Madigan sues Shell. Company pays about $400,000 for dumping contaminated soil from Limestone cleanup in Kane County.

Wednesday — Suit settled for $46 millions

Source: The Daily Journal archives

http://www.daily-journal.com/archives/dj/display.php?id=409768

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