May 18, 2009
Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster today filed suit against the owner of a Rock Port, Mo., property that houses a gas station. The Attorney General said the owner failed to have the necessary insurance to protect against underground fuel spills.
According to the Attorney General, the property is owned by Brian Kelly and is leased by Saco Snappy Stores, which is not a party to the suit. The property has underground storage tanks that receive and store gasoline. From July 18, 2008, until April 7, 2009, the owner did not have insurance in place for corrective action should an accident have occurred, which is required by Missouri law.
"Accidents related to underground storage tanks can cause serious damage to people and property," Koster said. "It is important that business and property owners have adequate insurance or other financial resources to remediate damage should an accident occur. The Attorney General's Office will take action when we find an owner or business does not have the proper financial protection."
Attorney General Koster's petition seeks to order Kelly to comply with the Missouri law requiring insurance on underground storage tanks in the future, as well as civil penalties for the time period in which he violated the law.