Leroy, NY (WKBW) - Erin Brockovich was expected to attend a meeting in Le Roy Wednesday, but did not attend due to a health issue however, lead investigator Bob Bowcock represented her at a meeting at the American Legion post in Le Roy.
A bizarre set of symptoms that surfaced last September. About a dozen students at Le Roy High School started exhibiting Tourette-like symptoms and no one could figure out what was causing it.
"I felt sorry for these children and I want them to get better," said Bob Frank a Le Roy resident.
Doctors from Dent Neurologic Institute examined some of the students and ruled it was Conversion Disorder, basically, that it was all in their minds but that diagnosis didn't fly with many.
"Well I'm sure it wasn't all in their mind something physically must have happened to them," said Frank.
That's when Erin Brockovich and her team jumped into the frey.
"In 1971 there was a very serious train derailment that caused one-ton of cyanide to spill and 45,000 gallons of TCE," said Brocovich.
That spill occurred just a few miles away from Le Roy High School.
Bowcock had several key items to discuss with the people that packed into the meeting at the American Legion.
One, their team found MTBE in ground water well samples. MTBE is an unregulated gasoline and diesel fuel additive that was taken off the market in the 1990s he recommended those residents shut down the wells and get on the city's water supply.
Two, an Occupant Health Survey needs to be conducted at Le Roy High School.
And finally, officials need to conduct a sampling of the gas from six fractured gas wells that are in service on the school property
"After those wells are sampled there could be impurities. The gas that you buy from the gas company at your home...it's been treated. The gas that's being burned at the school is not treated so we need to know what's in it," said Bowcock.
Bowcock also told the audience that an outside agency called Healthy Schools Network, a private-non-profit organization is now going to lead the ongoing investigation
So what's next, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing a report of any ground water or soil contamination due to the train derailment that should be completed by the end of the year.