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Pipeline company providing bottled water after gas pipeline leak

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JACKSON — West Shore Pipe Line company is providing residents from three homes bottled water, after a leak was discovered in a major gasoline pipeline.

West Shore Pipe Line says ongoing environmental testing indicates elevated levels of benzene in well water samples.

The company is also working with residents to install permanent water filtration systems.

In a statement, West Shore Pipe Line said:

“Our key focus is protecting the safety of the public, our employees and those responding to this incident, as well as minimizing environmental impact. As part of this commitment, work crews will continue to conduct environmental testing – including outdoor and indoor air quality testing, soil sampling, well installation monitoring, and water monitoring – around the location of the release and will work with regulators to take any and all actions necessary to continue to mitigate any environmental impact.

All other test results to date, including indoor air quality tests of residences in close proximity to the pipeline, indicate that there has been no impact to the air quality in the community as a result of last week’s gasoline release.”

A leak was detected in the 650-mile long, 10-inch diameter pipeline that transports gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to Green Bay from Chicago. The pipeline has since been repaired and restarted.

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