Shell, Conoco Pumped Village With Carcinogens, Suit Says

Law360, New York (March 21, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT) -- A southern Illinois village sued Shell Oil Co., ConocoPhillips and others on Tuesday, claiming benzene from a refinery had accumulated on village property at levels up to 26,000 times the allowable limit.

The village of Roxana, Ill., located outside of St. Louis, alleges that over nearly a century, the companies' operations at the Wood River oil refinery located in Roxana have released carcinogens into its groundwater, land and air.

The suit, filed in Illinois state court, also targets WRB Refining LP, a joint venture owned by...
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