Highland’s Silver Lake Remains Closed, Lawsuit Filed

Congressman John Shimkus took this photo of the pumping station where the leak occurred off the main pipeline.

Highland Police Department has provided an update on the situation at Silver Lake, which was affected by a July 10th oil spill, forcing the lake to be closed.

As of Monday, the lake was still closed to boat traffic, however, individuals were able to fish off the lake banks.

A federal lawsuit has been filed, in connection with the spill, by Kevin Nodine and unnamed others, on behalf of Highland area residents, against Plains All-American Pipeline Company.

The suit alleges more than 4,200 gallons of oil ran into Silver Creek due to a blown fitting on a 20-inch pipe. The creek feeds into Silver Lake, a drinking water source for Highland and the nearby communities of St. Jacob, Pierron and Grantfork.

Highland officials reported drinking water had not been impacted by the oil leak.

The morning of July 10, an individual saw oil leaking from the Pocahontas pump station, located along Baumann road, and shortly afterwards the line was shut down.

The lawsuit asks a judge to require the oil company remove oil from private property, restore the waterways and property, and compensate property owners and residents for the impact of the oil spill to them.

All-American Pipeline Company has issued a written apology for the incident.