The Philadelphia refinery explosion and subsequent fire may lead to the contamination of some New Jersey water supplies. On June 21, the explosion occurred at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia, which resided over underground water. Although the contamination does not pose a threat to the Philadelphia water supply, since their water source comes from different places, a large aquifer runs toward the Delaware River, which acts as the main water supply for Camden, Gloucester, and Salem counties. Some officials believe that pollution from the refinery may not be the sole source of contamination, but the refinery has been considered a threat in the past. The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board cannot determine what level of contamination there may be from the refinery fire due to multiple safety concerns at the site.
In the past few years, the prevalence of stories involving water contamination due to toxic leakage appears in the news at an alarming rate. Across the country in places such as Flint, Michigan to Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, residents contracted serious illnesses due to contamination and could not use their water for months because of the chemical hazards. Numerous chemicals may pollute the water supplies of many places after an incident as large as the Philadelphia refinery fire.
If you or your loved ones became seriously ill due to water contamination, our Philadelphia water contamination lawyers at Williams Cedar will devise a strategy that recovers the compensation to which you are entitled. Call us at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey.