Shell To Hand Over $3.9M Over 2016 Gulf Oil Spill

By Michael Phillis (July 5, 2018, 5:27 PM EDT) -- Shell Offshore Inc. agreed to pay nearly $3.9 million in connection with a May 2016 spill of more than 80,000 gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico that occurred about 100 miles from the Louisiana coast, according to a consent decree filed Thursday in federal court.

The bulk of the total payment, about $3.6 million, will go to the U.S. Department of the Interior's Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Fund to pay for "natural resource restoration projects," the consent decree said.

"Shell's oil discharge polluted portions of the Gulf of Mexico from the seafloor to the water surface," according...

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