64°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3 Day Outlook
Mon
81°
64°
50%
Tue
85°
63°
10%
Wed
85°
65°
50%

Latest Weather Blog

Follow our weather team on social media

Federal judge rules against CITGO in spill

5 years ago March 09, 2010 Mar 9, 2010 Tuesday, March 09 2010 Tuesday, March 09, 2010 4:53:23 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

A federal judge has shot down efforts by CITGO Petroleum to limit the fines and special conditions it could face in a federal Clean Water Act lawsuit over a June 2006 oil spill at the company's Lake Charles refinery.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Haik comes in a lawsuit filed against CITGO by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The lawsuit seeks damages for a spill that leaked an estimated 53,000 barrels of oil into the Calcasieu River and other nearby waterways.

CITGO has already paid $13 million in fines after pleading guilty in 2008 to a criminal charge.

The trial in the civil case is set for Sept. 1.

More News

comments powered by Disqus

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
5 Days
Radar
Today
Mostly Cloudy
83°
59°
Mon
Scattered T-Storms
81°
64°
Tue
Mostly Sunny
85°
63°
Wed
PM T-Storms
85°
65°
Thu
Isolated T-Storms
86°
67°