Hartford trustees dismiss 11 of 27 companies in pollution suit

Steve Korris Oct. 28, 2008, 8:58am

Hartford village trustees have dismissed 11 companies from a lawsuit over pollution from refinery operations.

Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder signed an order on Oct. 16 granting the village's motion to dismiss the companies.

The village gave no reason for dismissing.

Crowder signed the order as a formality for Circuit Judge Daniel Stack, who presides over all litigation on pollution in Hartford.

The village sued 27 companies in Madison County Circuit Court in July, seeking damages separate from those in class action litigation before Stack.

Pollution has increased municipal expenditures, according to the suit, and the stigma has made developers less likely to locate in the village.

Crowder dismissed Alberta Energy, Buckeye Pipeline, Conoco Phillips, Encana Corporation, Koch Pipeline, Transcanada Energy, Transcanada Petroleum, Phillips Petroleum, Cotsco Corporation, Shell Chemical and Shell Oil.

The village maintains its action against Premcor Refining Group, Apex Oil, Sinclair Oil, St. Louis Pipeline, Cherokee Pipeline, Explorer Pipeline, Illinois Petroleum Supply, Marathon Ashland, BP Products North America, and subsidiaries of BP and Shell.

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