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U.S. Files Lawsuit Against Greka Oil & Gas Co

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The U.S. Department of Justice and California state and federal environmental regulatory agencies have filed a federal lawsuit against Greka Oil & Gas Company, now known as HVI Cat Canyon Inc., alleging facility mismanagement allowed 21 crude oil spills over five years at 12 facilities to pollute Santa Barbara waterways.

The lawsuit claims that adequate plans, as required by the Clean Water Act for spill prevention and response were not adopted, and that the some of the spills occurred because of corroded pipelines and ruptured storage tanks.

As reported by the Santa Barbara Independent, Congressmember Lois Capps issued a statement saying, “I hope today’s action by the EPA and the State of California will ensure Greka is held accountable for the damage it did to our environment and local economy.” The statement continued,  “For far too long, Greka failed to take the steps any responsible company would take to ensure it operated safely, attempting to shift the blame onto others and leaving cleanup costs for Santa Barbara County taxpayers to pick up. That is simply unacceptable and I hope today’s action ensures we never see this kind of irresponsible behavior again.”

The lawsuit seeks tens of millions of dollars in penalties and clean up costs.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: U.S. Files Lawsuit Against Greka Oil & Gas Co was posted on Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 7:20 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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