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Axiall's fire last December released more than 130,000 pounds of hazardous chemicals into the atmosphere.

(Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)
Axiall's fire last December released more than 130,000 pounds of hazardous chemicals into the atmosphere.

Sulphur residents sue Axiall for property damage

Last Modified: Saturday, June 07, 2014 3:28 AM

By Frank DiCesare / American Press

A Baton Rouge law firm has filed a lawsuit against Axiall, alleging that the company’s leaking pipelines caused property damage to a Sulphur home.

Simien & Simien, a firm that specializes in property damage caused by oil companies, filed the suit on behalf of Robert and Shirley Boudreaux of Sulphur, who contend that Axiall’s pipeline leaked out chemicals that contaminated the water and soil on their property. The suit was filed on May 21 in the 14th Judicial State District Court.

The Boudreauxs are seeking monetary damages from Axiall and the cleanup of their property. Eulis Simien, a partner in the firm, said the amount of monetary damages the Boudreauxs are seeking from Axiall has yet to be determined.

“We have to make a determination on the extent of the remediation that’s necessary for their property,” Simien said. “But any time you’re dealing with this type of leakage we would anticipate it would be significant. We would hope that it can be remediated.”

Simien said the Axiall’s pipeline runs through the Boudreaux’s property. He added that the couple has seen the company’s pipe leak out contaminants onto their property.

Simien said he could not comment on the types of contaminants that have leaked onto the Boudreaux’s property.

Patricia Prebula, spokesperson for Axiall, said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

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