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.
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 is said that the oil released killed birds, fish and other aquatic life, polluted water and beach habitats, forced the closure of the canal and disrupted recreational use of the affected river and lakes.
Citgo did not respond to a request for comment.