Residents of Polluted New England Neighborhood Settle 'Blue Soil' Lawsuit

Lawyers for dozens of residents of a polluted Rhode Island neighborhood say an energy company has agreed to pay their clients and clean up the area where toxins turned the soil blue.

Tests revealed the ground was contaminated with arsenic, cyanide, lead and other toxins.

Terms of the settlement with Southern Union Co. are sealed and lawyers would not discuss details Wednesday. But plaintiff's attorneys Robert McConnell and Mark Roberts tell The Associated Press they have a tentative deal.

Reynolds says the settlement involves payouts to the property owners and a pledge to clean up the contaminated properties.

A spokesman for Houston-based Southern Union did not immediately return a message.