City Claims Dow, Shell Polluted Wells: Report

By Erin Marie Daly (March 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Dow Chemical Co. and Shell Oil Co. have reportedly been slapped with a lawsuit by the city of Bakersfield, Calif., and the California-based company that delivers water to its residents, accusing them of knowingly polluting drinking water wells with a suspected carcinogen used in pesticides.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in a San Bernardino County court, says that the chemical, 1,2,3-Trichloropropane, has been found at extremely low levels in about 60 of the 200 wells owned by the city and California Water Service Co., the Bakersfield Californian reported Tuesday.

Although the water is safe to drink and meets all state and federal...

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