Legacy of the Jacksonville gas spill

April 09, 2011

The individual accounts presented in your retrospective of the gasoline spill fail to adequately encapsulate the unremitting heartache wrought by the over 26,000 gallons of gasoline that leaked undetected for a month below the Jacksonville Exxon in early 2006 ("Five years later, Jacksonville still grapples with gas spill," April 6).

I have spent much of the last five years visiting with friends and neighbors in the community, haggling with ExxonMobil and the Maryland Department of the Environment over well testing and an array of remediation efforts.

It is difficult to appreciate the indomitable spirit among the residents of this once-peaceful corner of Northern Baltimore County without hearing the wrenching stories of elderly couples unable to sell their homes to secure retirement, and parents confronting unsafe drinking water for young children.

Jacksonville will re-emerge stronger despite this prolonged ordeal, but we must not overlook the genuine misery this community has been forced to endure for the last five years.


Wade Kach

The writer represents District 5B in the Maryland House of Delegates.

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