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State, County Sue Premor & Apex Over Gas Pool

By AP/KWMU

Chicago, ILL. – A lawsuit filed Thusday in Madison County tries to get two oil companies to clean up a lake of gasoline underneath the Metro-East village of Hartford.

The suit asks Premcor and Apex oil companies to find a way to eliminate the gasoline pool that has formed for years under houses and businesses in the area. The claim also seeks payment to county and state officials for overseeing the work.

The pool got bigger over the years because of leaks and spills from underground pipes.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and William Mudge, a state's attorney in Madison County, filed the lawsuit.

An Apex Oil spokesman declined to discuss the lawsuit. Premcor did NOT return a call seeking comment.

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