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Texaco Oil Refinery

Dover, MD: (Oct-04-07) The Natural Resources Defense Council and Delaware Audubon Society brought environmental damage charges against Motiva Enterprises, over pollution from the Delaware City oil refinery. The lawsuit, filed in 2005, sought to hold Texaco, the former refinery operator, in contempt for not complying with court orders to study the impact of pollutant discharges from the refinery. The refinery is now owned by Valero. As per records, Delaware Audubon and the NRDC, unhappy with the failure of state regulators to hold Texaco accountable for discharges into the Delaware River, first sued Texaco in 1988 under the federal Clean Water Act.

Sources reveal that Texaco subsequently was ordered to pay a fine of more than $1.5 million and assess pollution damage. The suit dragged on when environmentalists repeatedly took the company back to court, alleging continued violations of discharge permits and previous court orders. As part of a settlement agreement reached, Motiva Enterprises has agreed to pay more than $2 million, ending the 19-year legal battle. The settlement agreement requires Texaco and its successor corporation, Motiva, to fund $2.25 million in environmental benefit projects. [DAILY TIMES: REFINERY POLLUTION]

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Published on Oct-7-07


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