Judge Slashes Citgo Liability For La. Refinery Spill

Law360, New York (December 20, 2010, 3:37 PM EST) -- A federal judge has rejected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s bid to maximize Citgo Petroleum Corp.’s liability for a 2006 spill at a Louisiana refinery, finding that the oil company can’t be penalized for trapped oil that never made its way to a nearby water source.

At a hearing Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Judge Richard Haik Sr. said that Citgo isn’t liable under the Clean Water Act for spilled oil captured in the refinery’s containment system, denying the...
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