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CITGO agrees to settlement for 2006 Louisiana refinery spill

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The new deal means CITGO must pay almost $115 million in fines over the damage the spill caused, when combined with earlier settlements.

Posted: Jul 6, 2021 10:55 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — CITGO Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay $19.7 million to restore natural resources damaged during a 2006 spill at its southwest Louisiana refinery that saw millions of gallons of waste oil and wastewater sent into the Calcasieu River estuary.

The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reports the agreement involving CITGO’s Westlake refinery came in a consent decree the company entered with the U.S. Justice Department and federal and state trustees in federal court.

The new deal means CITGO must pay almost $115 million in fines over the damage the spill caused, when combined with earlier settlements.

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