Pipeline company starts Jackson spill response efforts

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Pipeline company starts Jackson spill response efforts

By Jay Sorgi . CREATED Aug 2, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 2, 2012

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JACKSON - In response to the gasoline pipeline leak in the Town of Jackson, the West Shore Pipeline Company has created a combination of ways that it says will assist people affected by the leak.

The company has begun:
1) A web site: www.jacksonwisconsinresponse.com/
2) A claims center and hotline
- Phone: 1-866-837-5016 (7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.)
- Address for in-person claims: Comfort Inn, W227 N16890 Tillie Lake Court, Jackson (7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.)

The response follows 17 private wells being contaminated by benzene.

As of Thursday evening, samples from 131 private wells have been collected.

The Journal Sentinel reports the pipeline company is now drilling more wells close to the spill in a search for fuel in bedrock.

People in the "flush only" zone are living another day without clean water coming through faucets.

"It's been a major inconvenience," explained Judy Pleugers.  "It's been scary.  We're all concerned about our health."

She and her husband are staying at a hotel so she can shower, but she also has to stay home and take care of her sick mother.

"The plumber is here today, and the filter is being installed."

Down the street, the Dzik family have also temporarily relocated to a hotel.

"It's difficult to live when you have no water," explained Brett Dzik.  "You can't drink.  You can't take a shower.  You feel gross all the time."

The company says the claims center and hotline will help people with "answering claim questions, submitting claims, arranging bottled water deliveries for residents within the Wisconsin DNR's Drinking Water Advisory area, obtaining information on filtration system installations for affected wells and placing a request to have West Shore arrange local hotel accommodations for residents within the Wisconsin DNR's Flush Only Advisory area."

It also says that people affected in the advisory area can pick up bottled water at the claims center.