California oil company must pay M over oil spills

SANTA MARIA, CALIF. — SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — A defunct company that spilled more than a million gallons of crude oil and wastewater in Californ...

March 7, 2023
10:04 AM

SANTA MARIA, CALIF. — SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — A defunct company that spilled more than a million gallons of crude oil and wastewater in California must pay more than $65 million in penalties and cleanup costs, federal prosecutors announced Monday. A federal court entered a final judgment last week against HVI Cat Canyon Inc., formerly known as Greka Oil & Gas Inc., a U.S. Department of Justice statement said. The federal government and the state of California had sued the company, alleging that it was negligent and responsible for repeated crude oil spills into U.

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