By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
About 70 homeowners and business owners in the area of 31st and Cleveland gathered Monday evening July 20, at the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church of Jesus Christ, for an informational session concerning the smell of petroleum gasoline int heir homes.
Also in attendance were State Senator Shalonn “Kiki” Curls and City Councilwoman Melba Curls.
Environmental specialist and Attorney William Sessions and Attorney Mark Bryant were on hand to share information and explain the next step that homeowners and business owners should take to begin to be made whole in their area.
The session highlighted the steps that homeowners must go through if they wanted to state a claim.
About 12 people that were in attendance met with Sessions the next day for instructions.
A homeowner and a business owner voiced their concern over maintaining the land rights if a settlement were reached that resulted in the land being cleaned.
Sessions and Bryant explained to the group that if a settlement was reached it could include cleaning up the land and allowing owners to maintain ownership of their land since several attendees expressed their concern in keeping their land rights.
Some in attendance expressed their concern over health issues.
Maurice Copeland encouraged the audience to not simply focus on the gasoline issue, but explore other environmental issues that may be taking place in their communities.
Copeland pointed to the new gas station being built on the corner of 27th and Indiana and questioned whether the previous tanks had been removed. He also reminded homeowners that there were laundry and chemical plants in the area as well.
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