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Wed Oct 29, 2014, 08:36 PM

Superior Crude to pay $1.6 million for 2010 spill in Ingleside

INGLESIDE - Superior Crude Gathering Inc. must pay a $1.6 million civil penalty stemming from a 2010 oil spill at its oil storage facility in Ingleside.

Under a consent decree, lodged in federal court Wednesday, the payment aims to resolve claims raised after the spill by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Federal prosecutors filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi alleging Superior discharged at least 2,200 barrels from two tanks at its facility on Feb. 9 and 10, 2010. Crude flowed into a lake and wetlands near the Intracoastal Waterway and Redfish Bay, prosecutors say in court papers.

Although most of the oil was captured and contained inside the 104-acre site at FM 2725 and Bishop Road, workers estimated more than 50,000 gallons of crude flowed into the wetlands, killing four waterfowl and hurting about 200 minnows, according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Read more: http://www.caller.com/news/energy-effects/our-oil/superior-crude-to-pay-16-million-for-2010-spill_83950387

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