Families sue Peoples Gas

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MAHOMET, Ill. (WCIA) — A gas leak from Manlove Field has sparked a lawsuit against Peoples Gas from families affected. 

There are 17 plaintiffs in the complaint. They live in six homes where the five private water wells are believed to be impacted. 

The complaint filed is against Peoples Gas and one of its employees, Thomas Davis. 

There are 52 counts for negligence, private nuisance, trespass, breach of contract, consumer fraud and battery. 

The plaintiffs want an award of damages for health exposures, property damage, financial loss for decreased property value, loss of use and enjoyment of their property, loss of quality of life, emotional distress and punitive damages.

The complaint also requests a court-ordered injunction prohibiting Peoples Gas from injecting any more natural gas into the ground below the Mahomet Aquifer.

Since the complaint was filed, Peoples Gas released this comment: 

We cannot provide any substantive comments about the lawsuit, because we have not seen the complaint. What we can say is that the Illinois Department of Health has confirmed that the levels of methane we have detected in private wells do not pose a health concern. The water is safe for drinking and everyday use such as bathing and cooking. We are also offering bottled water and methane detection to affected homeowners.

-Brian Manthey

WEC Energy Group  

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