Oil Company Pays $150 Million to Families Affected by Gas Leak
An underground storage tank in Jacksonville, Maryland dripped about 26,000 gallons of gasoline over 37 days in this small community twenty miles north of Baltimore before the leak was discovered in February 2006. The oil company responsible for the leak is issuing each family affected a disbursement of $1 million plus the value of their home, as well as payment for lifetime medical monitoring. Total payout to the 91 families affected is $150 million. In addition, the company paid the state $4 million and has spent $38 million on the cleanup.