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Southern Illinois village takes on Shell over pollution claims

By Associated Press 10:48 a.m. CDT, March 21, 2012

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A village in southern Illinois is suing Shell, ConocoPhillips and a local refinery, alleging they released millions of pounds of cancer-causing pollutants.The (Alton) Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/GD7iDv ) the lawsuit was filed in Madison County on Tuesday on behalf of the village of Roxana, northeast of St. Louis.The lawsuit cites 18 incidents over several years in which the village claims benzene and other pollutants were spilled into the air, water and soil. It seeks damages to recover the costs of removing pollutants from water and limiting damage to public health.Shell Oil Co. spokeswoman Kayla Macke says the company hasn’t been given a copy of the lawsuit and can’t comment. WRB Refining LP referred calls to parent company ConocoPhillips, where a spokesman didn’t immediately return a message Wednesday.___Information from: The Telegraph, http://www.thetelegraph.com

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