The majority of underground storage tanks contain petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, heating oil, kerosene, and jet fuel. Many other substances classified by law as hazardous are also stored in underground storage tanks.
When those underground storage tanks leak, they contaminate the soil and groundwater. The contamination plume can sometimes be very large and contaminate groundwater and property that may be far away from the underground tank.
Most leaking underground storage tanks – LUST contain gasoline. The hazards of gasoline are mainly attributable to the BTEX compounds — benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes. Exposure to these compounds can cause many serious health problems, including an increased risk of cancer, and can lead to liver, kidney, and central nervous system damage.
Burg Simpson has attorneys who are experienced in handling problems, claims and litigation arising from leaking underground storage tanks. If you or a loved one has been exposed to, or injured by, the contamination from a leaking underground storage tank, you may be entitled to compensation.
If you are a property owner whose property has been contaminated by someone else’s leaking underground tank, we can provide you with representation to protect you and your property and obtain compensation for damages caused by the contamination.
If you are an owner of a leaking underground storage tank, we can counsel and advise you concerning your rights, obligations, and potential liabilities and, if claims have been made against you, we can represent your interests through trial if necessary.