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Deadline looming for gas pipeline owner to get new water supply

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State officials are giving the owner of a gasoline pipeline until January 4th to propose a new water supply for Jackson area residents affected by a major pipeline leak in July.

The DNR said the West Shore Pipeline Company and its engineering consultant must analyze options for feasible water supplies – and then recommend one.

The Jackson Town Board in Washington County has proposed three options – extending the village of Jackson’s water – creating a sanitary district for the town to distribute water – or creating new residential wells shared by no more than five households.

The DNR will provide information and take comments from residents. If the Town Board does not like the company’s plan, it would have until March eighth to endorse a different choice. The DNR will announce the final option on March 29th.

Almost 55,000 gallons of gasoline spilled from the pipeline in mid-July. Much of it landed in a farm pasture, and 27 residential wells were contaminated along with two non-residential wells.

About 150 residents have filed a lawsuit alleging potential health concerns and declines in property values.

The pipeline runs from northwest Indiana to Chicago and Milwaukee and up to Green Bay, with a branch to Madison.

After the spill occurred, gas retailers in the Green Bay area were scrambling to get fuel from other places.

Governor Scott Walker had to get involved, temporarily exempting weekly driving limits for fuel truck operators. But the outage only lasted a couple days – not as long as feared.

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