The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday that Citgo Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay $ 19.69 million to settle federal and state claims for damages to natural resources in connection with a 2006 oil spill.
The statement says that a complaint filed by the United States and Louisiana simultaneously claimed damages under the Oil Pollution Act and Louisiana Oil Prevention and Response Act for damage to natural resources as a result of Citgo's major oil spill in the Calcasieu River in June 2006 from its sewage treatment plant at Lake Charles Refinery.  The complaint alleges that Houston-based Citgo discharged millions of gallons of waste oil and wastewater from two 10 million gallon overflow and sewage tanks at its treatment plant. , including residential areas and swamp areas. It said the released oil killed birds, fish and other aquatic life, polluted aquatic and coastal habitats, forced the closure of the canal and disrupted the recreational use of the affected river and lakes.
Citgo said in a statement that it was "pleased to reach this voluntary agreement with various federal and state agencies and to provide $ 1
"We responded quickly to the emissions, invested significant resources to carry out early restoration and helped managers evaluate the effects. In addition, we made significant improvements. in our facility, policies and procedures to prevent this type of event from happening again.We understand that it is a privilege to operate in our communities, and we will continue to work to ensure that our business is safe for our people and our environment. ”