DoJ, two state agencies sue Greka Oil

Posted by Christine, June 21, 2011

The US Department of Justice, along with two state agencies, has filed a lawsuit against Greka Oil & Gas Company over oil spills that have happened in Santa Barbara County, local tv station KSBY reports.

The civil lawsuit was filed Friday by the US Department of Justice, the California Department of Fish and Game and the Regional Water Quality Control Board. It alleges Greka violated federal and state water laws, by discharging crude oil and produced water from its oil and gas production facilities in Santa Barbara County. The lawsuit claims there were 21 spills between June 2005 and December 2010.

The lawsuit says the spills resulted from ruptured storage tanks, corroded pipelines and overflowing injection ponds. It also claims oil from each of the spills flowed into local waterways.

The Department of Justice says the lawsuit asks the court to order Greka to take all appropriate action to prevent future spills, it also asks for $2.4 million in costs incurred from responding to and directing the cleanup of Greka’s spills. The California Department of Fish and Game also wants to get unpaid response costs and damages for harm caused to natural resources by the spills.

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