Number of Town of Jackson polluted wells hits 39

Recent tests detected benzene in 2 additional private wells

Published On: Jun 18 2013 04:04:35 PM CDT
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TOWN OF JACKSON, Wis. -

Wisconsin environmental officials say the number of wells contaminated by a 2012 gasoline pipeline spill continues to grow in the Town of Jackson.

Recent tests detected benzene in two additional private wells, pushing the number of contaminated wells to 39.

Town officials have decided to ask the Village of Jackson to extend municipal water service to residents in a state-designated drinking water advisory area.

According to the DNR, if any property owners in the advisory area consider drilling new private wells instead of connecting to the village supply, they will have to abide by a new set of drilling requirements. The Journal Sentinel reports those requirements could boost the cost of a new well to an estimated $120,000.

Last July's pipeline rupture spilled an estimated 54,600 gallons of gasoline.