In October 2009, two million barrels of fuel exploded at a Caribbean Petroleum Company (CAPECO) facility in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, igniting a 60-hour fire that contaminated both water and air. Over 500 families had to evacuate their homes; 30,000 residents were threatened by toxic smoke from burning fuel; and 30 acres of nearby wetlands were damaged by the fire.
While CAPECO had been distributing Gulf-brand diesel and gasoline fuel to over 200 petrol stations throughout Puerto Rico, the company had somehow avoided Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections since 2000. However, the company had been slapped previously with $1.3 million in fines and penalties for emitting hazardous waste into surrounding water, soil and air. This history of negligent oversight combined with the volatile conditions at the CAPECO Bayamón facility are the subject of numerous lawsuits filed by people living and businesses operating near the storage facility.
If you, your family or your business was impacted in any way by the massive fuel explosion in Puerto Rico, you may have a case against holding companies associated with CAPECO. Please call us today to discuss your circumstances and legal rights. Douglas & London is pleased to provide a free case consultation.