CITGO To Pay $13M For La. Oil Spill

Law360, New York (September 17, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- CITGO Petroleum Corp. has entered a guilty plea and agreed to pay a $13 million fine for discharging oil into two Louisiana rivers in 2006 in violation of the Clean Water Act.

The fine is the largest ever for a criminal misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday, the same day the plea agreement was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

The oil spill – estimated at 53,000 barrels by the authorities...
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