A decision yesterday by the state Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of the environment. The Court was asked to consider whether an oil exemption applied to an abandoned gas station owned by the Petersborough Oil Company. If the exception applied to gasoline, the company could escape heighten scrutiny and remediation requirements. However the Court ruled that additives included in gasoline were a different health hazard than pure oil hydrocarbons. The Court relied on an interpretation of environmental rules by the State Dept. of Environmental Protection.
The Town has been involved in protracted litigation involving the abandoned Perley Burrill Gas Station. Although it is uncertain, there have been fears of environmental contamination. Bank of America, the Town, and a potential developer have been trying to hammer out an agreement that will allow the eyesore to be rehabilitated. This Court decision will probably make redeveloping the site more expensive, but also safer for the neighbors.
Attorney Michael C. Walsh
PO Box 9
Lynnfield, MA 01940