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Consultant blames gas spill for Benzene discovery in Jackson water well

JACKSON, WI (WTAQ) - Benzene has turned up in a village well in Jackson -- and a consultant blames a 2012 gasoline pipeline spill more than two miles away. 

The consulting firm of City Water said the village well attracted groundwater from broken rock underneath the spill -- which occurred 15 months ago in the town of Jackson. 

A gas distribution line owned by the West Shore Pipeline Company busted open and spill almost 55,000 gallons of gas. 44 private wells have been contaminated with benzene and related chemicals. 

The consultant's finding marks the first time that a municipal well has been affected by the spill. Jackson officials say the water supply has not exceeded the federal safety standards for benzene levels. 

The well has not been used since the testing in July. Officials say it will have to re-open so another well in Jackson can be shut down for a routine inspection. 

The adjacent town has sought to use village water for the most affected residents. 

Meanwhile, the spill continues to be cleaned up. Just under 20,000 gallons, or about a-third of the lost fuel, has been recovered as of last week.