Lawyers in the Toxic Tort Section represent dozens of Plaintiffs in cases against owners of leaking underground storage tanks (USTs). Many gas stations across Alabama store petroleum products in aging USTs constructed of bare steel, which inevitably corrodes and allows gasoline to leak into the surrounding soil and groundwater. Some newer UST systems contain piping and other components that are susceptible to being dissolved or corroded by gasoline. The gasoline stored inside these USTs contains numerous toxic chemicals such as benzene (a known human carcinogen), toluene, ethyl benzene, xylene, and MTBE. When USTs leak, these toxic compounds move through the soil, contaminating the groundwater, threatening the health and safety of nearby residents, and limiting the use and value of the affected properties.
We are currently involved in lawsuits against UST owners and operators in six counties in Alabama, including the largest UST release ever reported in the state. Plaintiffs include people who live or own property near the leaking UST site, residents who obtain drinking water from wells near the site, and nearby businesses affected by the UST leak. These lawsuits typically involve claims for trespass, nuisance, and negligence against the UST owner. Beasley Allen’s environmental attorneys have successfully recovered damages for numerous clients harmed by leaking USTs.
Chris Boutwell and Luke Bentley have done a very good job for their clients working on these cases. If you would like more information about leaking USTs, or believe that your health or property may have been harmed by a leaking UST, you can contact Chris Boutwell (Chris.Boutwell@beasleyallen.com) or Luke Bentley (Luke.Bentley@beasleyallen.com) in our office at 800-898-2034.
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