Citgo To Pay $9M Fine For 2006 Oil Spill

Law360, New York (September 29, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Thursday fined Citgo Petroleum Corp. $9 million for violating the Clean Water Act and state law by failing to prevent a leak at a Louisiana refinery that led to a June 2006 oil spill.

Following a bench trial, U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik Sr. ruled that Citgo was negligent and had violated both state and federal laws, but said the evidence presented at trial did not support a finding of gross negligence or willful misconduct.

"Citgo certainly could have and...
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