Settlement in CA Oil Spill

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 06:06 PM gHale

SoCo Group Inc., a petroleum marketing and distribution company based in Carlsbad, CA, agreed to pay $59,400 and resolve allegations related to its 2016 oil spill in San Diego, federal officials said.

The incident occurred May 13 last year when a SoCo tanker truck overturned while making a highway-to-local road transition. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials said the truck spilled around 88 barrels (3,715 gallons) of diesel fuel.

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This fuel made its way through storm drains to the San Diego River and adjoining shorelines. The San Diego River flows into Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Aftermath of an oil spill last May in San Diego.

Involved in the cleanup were the EPA, the San Diego County Environmental Health’s Hazardous Materials Division, the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, San Diego Public Works, the San Diego Police Department, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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