Citgo Can’t Get $81M La. Oil Spill Penalty Reduced

Law360, New York (March 21, 2016, 8:13 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Friday denied Citgo Petroleum Corp.’s bid to shrink an $81 million Clean Water Act penalty for gross negligence stemming from a 2006 oil spill, finding that there are no new circumstances warranting such an amendment.

U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik Sr. in December slapped Citgo with the penalty for failing to prevent a rain-induced leak at its Lake Charles, Louisiana, refinery that led to a June 2006 oil spill, after the Fifth Circuit in 2013 nixed the original $6 million penalty and negligence finding that he imposed against the company. The judge has since retired,...

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