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Citgo must pay for a massive 2004 Delaware River oil spill, Supreme Court rules

April 3, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Andrew Maykuth

The former owner of a Philadelphia area asphalt refinery is liable for a massive 2004 oil spill in the Delaware River and must pay back millions of dollars in cleanup costs, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

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“The many years of effort … underscore our confidence in the rule of law while the Supreme Court’s decision underlines the importance and significance of safe, well-respected, understood and applied marine navigation practices, which have, for decades, safeguarded human life at sea, the protection and preservation of the marine environment as well as property,” the ship’s owner, Frescati, said in a statement released by Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, its Philadelphia law firm.

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