Corrupt Pipeline Making Residents Sick
Residents of a Pennsylvania community are expressing concerns that a corrupt pipeline has compromised the safety of their drinking and bathing water. Their concerns began following an increasing number of drilling mud spills taking place at Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline construction sites in Pennsylvania. The affected area includes Glen Mills and its surrounding, semi-rural communities.
The ME2 drilling project constructs pipelines to transport natural gas liquids from the shale fields in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania to a facility in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where it will be exported overseas for use in plastic manufacturing. Since its inception in 2017, the project has been the subject of both criminal and regulatory investigation following a high number of mud spills during the construction phase. Allegations that the project resulted in groundwater contamination, surface water contamination, and the creation of sinkholes were made by residents in affected areas.
Following months of drilling, many residents reported the appearance of water tinged with a clay color. The water was increasing in turbidity as mud spills continued to occur. Residents have not used the water for domestic purposes since early last summer.
Lab testing of the water revealed the presence of toluene and MTBE, volatile organic constituents of fuels. Residents believe the pipeline construction disturbed underground “legacy” contaminants remaining from a Sunoco fuel pipeline leak, which occurred in the early 1990s. One local family estimated spending over $30,000 of their own money on water testing, new piping, bottled water, and other equipment with no solution in sight. The drilling company, Sunoco Logistics, has denied any connection between the cloudy water, the presence of contaminants, and the pipeline project.
Contaminated well water in the area has allegedly made residents consuming the water physically ill. Lawsuits against Sunoco cite exposure to E. Coli bacteria after drills punctured an area aquifer and released toxic butane, propane, and ethane. Contaminated water can result in serious physical injuries, including digestive disorders, cancers, and neurological conditions. Young children and individuals with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable to developing a medical condition after exposure to contaminated water supplies. The costs of dealing with chronic medical conditions caused by toxic exposure can be financially devastating for families.
Compensation for Individuals Injured by Contaminated Water
Individuals who suffer property damage or physical injuries due to contaminated water may be entitled to compensation. A civil lawsuit against those parties responsible for releasing contaminants into the environment can help injured individuals recover the costs of out of pocket testing and remediation expenses, medical expenses, lost wages, and damages for their pain and suffering.
Pennsylvania Environmental Contamination Lawyers at Williams Cedar Represent Victims Ill Due to Toxic Exposure
If you or a loved one became ill after exposure to contaminated water or other toxic materials, the experienced Pennsylvania environmental contamination lawyers at Williams Cedar can assist you in obtaining compensation. Located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we proudly represent individuals throughout Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and nationwide. For a free consultation, call us at 215-557-0099 or submit an online inquiry form.