The oil field
April 14, 2010 4:16 PM Subscribe
Will my parents be able to get any compensation due to a neighbour's oil leak?
posted by hnnrs to law & government (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My parents live in the Devonshire countryside here in the UK. A few years ago they purchased a small plot of land near their house and turned it into a vegetable garden.
It's wonderful being able to go back and have nice fresh, organic vegetables that I know my parents have lovingly tended to and harvested themselves, and they both love being in the fresh air and growing greenery.
The problem is that a couple of months ago their neighbour's heating oil tank sprang a leak, and gallons of Kerosene spilled out. It's seeped into the ground, and gone directly underneath the vegetable garden. It's a few feet down, but according to the Environmental Health chaps it can be drawn up by the veg and there's a small chance that any produce eaten could cause cancer. Apparently it will take two to three years before it's safe to garden again.
My parents - especially my mum - are devastated by this. Mum pointed out that it's the first year of her adult life where she won't be able to do any gardening. She's retired, and the garden was a massive part of her life, so she's understandably stressed and depressed about the situation.
As compensation, my parents are asking for a vegetable box to be delivered once a week to make up for the lost produce. But could they get anything more? It's not like they were making money from the garden, but for them it was a way of life.