EAST ST. LOUIS • A Highland resident has sued the Plains All American Pipeline Co. in federal court here, less than a week after 4,200 gallons of oil spilled from a company pump station.
The plaintiff, Kevin Nodine, filed the class-action lawsuit on behalf of himself and others who live by the areas affected.
Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline Co. announced in a statement after the Friday morning spill that crude oil to spilled into Silver Creek, which flows into Silver Lake. That is where Highland draws its drinking water.
"The failure of defendants' pump station was a direct result of their negligent and unlawful acts and omissions," the lawsuit alleges.
In May, a company pipeline in Goleta, Calif., ruptured, spilling as much as 101,000 gallons of oil. More than 20,000 gallons flowed into a drainage ditch, onto a beach and into the Pacific Ocean.
"The July 2015 Highland, Ill., spill and the California spill are clear examples of a large corporation putting profit over safety at the expense of innocent people and wildlife," the lawsuit says.
The company said it "sincerely regrets" the incident in a statement last week. Nodine's attorney, John Driscoll, could not be reached Wednesday night.
The lawsuit doesn't seek a specific damage award but it does note that "the amount in controversy exceeds $5 million."