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Evanston Sues Chevron, Wants Oil Giant to Clean Up Church Street Gas Station

The City of Evanston says it has evidence of gasoline storage tanks leaking contaminates into the soil at the gas station.

The City of Evanston is suing Chevron over pollution at a former gas station on Church Street, claiming at least two gasoline storage tanks leaked contaminants into the soil during the 1960s, according to the Evanston Review. 

Texaco, which merged with Chevron in 2001, operated and owned the gas station at 1801-05 Church Street from about 1925 through the 1970s, and the city of Evanston says the company received a violation notice in 2000 for improperly abandoning leaking storage tanks on the site and not correcting the problem, the Review reported.

lucas March 22, 2013 at 05:48 PM
What took so long for the City to ACT?
Procrustes' Foil March 23, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Good question, lucas. But, better late than never.
E. March 25, 2013 at 04:34 PM
If an oil co. can be held responsible for leaky tanks creating toxic waste sites, then why isn't the city also evaluating the tanks at the abandoned Citgo @ Crawford & Gross Pt. Rd? Must we wait decades, as with the Church St. site, before finding out if this is another toxic waste site? Plus, the huge and unpredictable cost to cleanup potentially leaky tanks at the abandoned Citgo is a major impediment to new development on that property, leaving only major players with deep pockets in the running (e.g., Chase Bank the only apparent interest so far, & they may have already bailed due to community opposition to their rezoning and drive thru plans). Why doesn't the city be a little more proactive and determine up front what type of remediation is necessary on that site and ALL old gas station sites, and pursue the relevant oil companies for financial responsibility accordingly?

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