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7 private wells in Washington County contaminated with gasoline

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7 private wells in Washington County contaminated with gasoline

By the WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jul 29, 2012 - UPDATED: Jul 30, 2012

JACKSON - More problems have come Monday morning for homeowners in Washington County who live near a gasoline pipeline leak.

Three more private wells have been contaminated with gasoline, bringing the total of private wells contaminated to seven.  Water samples in those wells found unsafe levels of benzene.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources returned to the Town of Jackson to investigate the well sites on Monday.

56,000 gallons of gasoline leaked after a pipeline ruptured nearly two weeks ago.  The pipeline was quickly repaired, and West Shore Pipeline also excavated tainted soil and tested nearby air and water quality.

TODAY'S TMJ4 reports that wells as far as 3/4 of a mile away from the break are being tested.

Homeowners along Western Avenue in the Town of Jackson want answers soon.

Things have become so bad there that people who live in that area have left town, and have not decided when they will return.

"It's very scary," explained neighbor Joe Herman.  He is waiting for results after the DNR tested his well on Sunday.

"We've stocked up on bottled water, limiting our showers.  (I'm angry) at the lack of information."

A public meeting on the gasoline spill has been set for Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Area Community Center.