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Trenton, NJ: (Apr-25-07) New Jersey Attorney General Stuart Rabner filed charges against Chevron regarding the crude oil spill into the Arthur Kill that caused excessive damage to the oyster beds, which had already been decimated by pollution and over-fishing. The spill occurred on Feb. 13, 2006, when a barge was offloading crude oil at a Chevron facility. The oil was discharged from a leak in a pipeline and then leached into Arthur Kill, creating a slick that caused the US Coast Guard, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Division of Criminal Justice to respond. It was estimated that 31,000 gallons of crude oil was spilled into the water and more than 119,000 gallons of water-oil mixture had been recovered in the following week. Chevron paid for the cost of the environmental cleanup after the spill and also gave the New Jersey DOP $45,000 in a natural resource damage settlement. It has also further agreed to pay a $1 million settlement to the AG's office in an effort to create new oyster beds and reestablish an important part of the harbor's ecosystem. [LEGAL NEWSLINE: CRUDE OIL SPILL]

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Published on Apr-30-07


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