Our firm recently settled a lawsuit for three clients whose property was adversely affected by leaks from two separate underground storage tank (“UST”) systems located in Walker County, Ala. In this case, the two USTs leaked gasoline and diesel fuel into the soil and groundwater on and near our clients’ properties. The toxic gasoline and diesel constituents contaminated our clients’ property with dangerous chemicals, including benzene.
As in many UST leak cases, our clients were not aware that a UST leak had occurred until the owners of the USTs removed the systems and conducted tank closure environmental testing required by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. After discovery of the leaks, our environmental experts conducted extensive testing of the soil and groundwater on our clients’ property and confirmed the existence and extent of the gasoline and diesel contamination on the properties. Because of the contamination, our clients suffered a significant loss in the value of their property.
Rhon Jones and Chris Boutwell from our firm’s Toxic Torts Section along with co-counsel Edward Jackson of Jackson, Fikes, Hood & Brakefield, PC, located in Birmingham, worked on this case and did a very good job for their clients. The terms and amount of the settlement are confidential, but our clients were well pleased with the outcome. The case was referred to us by Thomas Carmichael, a very good lawyer from Jasper, Ala. If you would like more information, believe that your health or property has been harmed by a leaking UST, or have questions, you can contact Chris Boutwell (Chris.Boutwell@beasleyallen.com) in our office at 800-898-2034.
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