Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a lawsuit yesterday against gas giants ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 for alleged environmental violations.
The complaint claims that the companies, which operate 76 gas stations, failed to properly inspect and maintain underground gasoline storage tanks at more than 560 gas stations throughout the state, including several in the East Bay.
The lawsuit lists a number of allegations against the gas companies, from tampering with and disabling leak detection devices to failing to conduct monthly inspections and improperly disposing hazardous waste and materials.
The investigation found that the violations began in November 2006.
Gas stations in 34 counties across the state were among those listed for violations.
Among the East Bay 76 gas stations listed for violations are those located at:
- 35550 Fremont Blvd. in Fremont
- 36979 Fremont Blvd. in Fremont
- 31300 Alvarado-Niles Rd. in Union City
- 3255 McCartney Rd. in Alameda
- 1716 Webster St. in Alameda
- 6401 Dublin Blvd. in Dublin
“The state’s hazardous waste laws help protect our residents from contaminated groundwater,” Attorney General Harris said in a press release. “This lawsuit safeguards public health by ensuring proper maintenance of the tanks that store fuel beneath many California communities.”
Learn more about the lawsuit and read the entire complaint here.