June 22, 2012
Class action suit over oil spill
By Katie Schneider, QMI Agency
Merchant Law Group LLP has launched a $75-million class action lawsuit against Plains Midstream following its oil spill near Sundre, Alta.
On June 7, upwards of 3,000 barrels of oil — about 470,000 litres — leaked from the company's Rangeland Pipeline into Jackson Creek, a tributary of the Red Deer River located about 125 km north of Calgary.
Merchant Law Group LLP launched the suit Friday. It seeks compensation for those living or working in the area of the spill who suffered physical and financial losses.
"If you transport a dangerous product, you are strictly liable for the dangerous product," lawyer Tony Merchant said. "If something goes wrong you have to pay compensation."
So far about 25 complainants have come forward to join the lawsuit.
"People have suffered damage in that they lost the use of their property and they may have some clean up to do, that's one kind of financial damage," Merchant said.
"The other kind is the decline in value of these properties as a result of this spill."