Ill. AG Sues Conoco, Shell Over Refinery Pollution

Law360, New York (May 29, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT) -- ConocoPhillips Co., Shell Oil Co. and other past operators of the Wood River Refinery have been hit with a lawsuit alleging they allowed benzene and other contaminants to enter nearby groundwater and migrate into Roxana, Ill., according to a Tuesday announcement by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The suit, filed in Illinois' Madison County Circuit Court, names current owner WRB Refining LP and several former owners in its claims that oil, gasoline, hazardous wastes and other contaminants permeated the groundwater at the site.

“These companies must...
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