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Citgo Petroleum Corp. plans to appeal US$120M decision in 2004 oil spill

The spill occurred when a tanker struck a submerged anchor as it approached the Citgo refinery dock New Jersey

September 8, 2016  by The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA—Industrial products company Citgo says it plans to appeal an order to pay $120 million for its role in a quarter-million-gallon oil spill in 2004 in the Delaware River.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports a federal judge in Philadelphia ordered the Houston-based company last month to pay $71.5 million to a ship owner and operator and $48.6 million to cover about half of federal cleanup costs.

The judge ruled Citgo Petroleum Corp. failed to provide a safe berth to the Athos I oil tanker.

The spill occurred when a tanker struck a submerged anchor as it approached the Citgo refinery dock in Paulsboro, New Jersey. It temporarily shut down a nuclear power plant, delayed shipping and killed more than 180 birds.

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The U.S. Coast Guard says the crew and pilots did nothing wrong.