Barge Salvager Can't Escape Texas Oil Spill Suit

Law360, New York (September 25, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Wednesday declined a barge salvager’s bid to escape the federal government’s claims that it dismantled a damaged barge without a permit and caused an oil spill in Texas, finding the company had interpreted the Oil Pollution Act too narrowly.

The dispute centers around the cleanup of oil spilled from the barge into waters near Orange, Texas. After Hurricane Ike struck in September 2008, the barge became grounded on wetlands adjoining a tributary to the Sabine River. Tom’s Welding Inc. bought the barge...
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