Case Statistics

Defendant Name: Peoples Gas
Court: Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division
Practice Area: Consumer Fraud
Status: Active
Date Filed: 03/03/2022

Case Overview

Beth Fegan and Spiros Law lead a class action lawsuit against natural gas provider Peoples Gas for neglecting to maintain an underground gas storage facility in central Illinois causing natural gas to leak into the local aquifer contaminating the well water of residents in rural Mahomet, Illinois and Fisher, Illinois.

The complaint alleges that Peoples Gas’ neglect caused large amounts of natural gas and other combustible gases and hazardous chemicals to surge into the Mahomet aquifer – the sole source of water for east-central Illinois – from an underground natural gas storage facility it operates in Champaign County, Illinois, rendering the water undrinkable, and in some cases flammable.

A notable contamination event occurred in 2015, when the well corrosion reached the point of “blow-out,” resulting in a large amount of natural gas pushing into the aquifer, contaminating drinking water. According to the suit, it wasn’t until a year later in 2016 that Peoples Gas noticed the gas bubbles percolating in the water, yet the company took no immediate, meaningful action.

According to the suit, Peoples Gas, a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC) failed to perform EPA-required routine testing that would have detected the problem and prevented the gas leak. According to the complaint, the last test was conducted more than 27 years ago, when the tests revealed severe deterioration of the steel piping system.

The lawsuit seeks retribution for plaintiffs’ significant physical and financial risk and aims to hold Peoples Gas accountable for failing in its duty to keep residents and homeowners safe. If you have been impacted, please fill out the intake form to the right or email us at aquifer@feganscott.com.