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Shell required to pay $46 million to settle U.S. pollution lawsuit


Spill settlement topic of talk

08/21/2008, 10:00 am

An informational meeting on the status of the class-action lawsuit Limestone Township residents filed against Shell Oil Co. will be held at 7 o’clock tonight at the First Assembly of God Church located on Illinois Route 17, about four miles west of Kankakee.

The suit came about as a result of a gas spill that occurred after a Shell pipeline broke in 1988. About 1,500 Limestone property owners took part in the suit, and Kankakee County Circuit Court Judge Gordon Lustfeldt ruled in their favor last December.

Former Will County Judge Tom Ewert is serving as settlement administrator. Shell is required to pay $46 million to settle the suit, and $26 million will be divided among the property owners. The other $20 million will go toward extending water mains.

Kankakee attorney Joe Yurgine will address the crowd at tonight’s meeting. He filed the original lawsuit in the case in 2001.

~ The Daily Journal staff report

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