The approval for the construction of a gas station has landed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in trouble with Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, the political leader of the opposition Liberty Party (LP).
Cllr. Brumskine took the agency to the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice after the EPA granted a businessman identified as Lee Samuel the authority to construct a gas station within the vicinity of Cllr. Brumskine’s property.
The LP political leader resides on the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Boulevard, in Paynesville outside of Monrovia.
Testifying in court last Friday, Cllr. Brumskine said that prior to his action, he wrote the Agency about the danger the gas station’s underground fuel storage tank could pose to the health of the community, especially because the area is a swamp.
Cllr. Brumskine said that before the construction of the gas station began, he also sought advice from several environmental experts in the United States of America, who told him that construction of the underground fuel storage tank would have a serious impact on the wells built in the area and the community as a whole.
He named the Attorney General of New York and the USA Environmental Protection Agency as some of the experts he consulted.
He said he then wrote to inform the EPA about his findings. The agency replied that it would do everything possible to address his concerns.
“They told me that they were going to send their monitoring team to assess the area. EPA later informed me that there was no threat of contamination because all the appropriate safeguards were in place,” the LP leader added.
“Firstly, they acknowledged our concern about the danger the storage tank would pose on me and the community,” he said.
“It was based on their assertion that I asked them to show me a copy of the environmental impact assessment they did on the consequence of placing a fuel storage tank underground in a swamp area. I promised to under write the cost of the assessment,” stated Cllr. Brumskine.
“Up to the present, EPA has refused and failed to let us have copies of any documents regarding their findings and the environmental law,” Cllr Brumskine said, adding, “This is why I filed this suit for the court to give us justice.”
The case continues.