Our local Citgo refinery will have to pay at $19.7 million fine for an oil spill into the Calcasieu River back in 2006.

The Department of Justice found Citgo was responsible for a discharge of oily wastewater from their wastewater treatment plant. The DOJ said they released untold millions of gallons of the oily wastewater into the Indian Marais waterway, the Calcasieu River, and the Calcasieu Estuary.

They believe it was around 54,000 barrels of slop oil (2,268,000 gallons) but there is no way to get the actual number. Citgo was fined under the Oil Pollution Act and the Louisiana Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act for their negligence.

The discharge contaminated 150 miles of shoreline and waterways. It killed aquatic life, birds, and forced the ship channel to shut down.

The federal court found that, "Citgo does not appear to have recognized the importance of compliance, pollution control, environmental responsibility, and the overall duty imposed on businesses to operate safely."

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