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Valero Energy Corp.
Corpus Christi Oil Spill
Date: 06/10/2008 (Date of Announcement)
Misconduct Type: Environment
Enforcement Agency: EPA
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: Civil
Synopsis: Valero Refining-Texas, L.P. agreed to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act for a spill of 3,400 barrels (142,800 gallons) of oil from its Corpus Christ, Texas refinery into the Corpus Christi Ship Channel on June 1, 2006. Valero will pay a $1.65 million civil penalty and construct a boat ramp that will aid emergency response efforts in the spill area, a project that will cost approximately $300,000. The penalty will be deposited in the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which is used to pay for federal cleanups of oil spills.