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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  May 8, 2015

 

ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 to pay $11.5 million settlement for environmental violations

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The California Attorney General and seven participating counties announced an $11.5 million settlement Thursday with ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 which includes court orders to prevent additional violations.

In Jan. 2013 the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office joined with the California Attorney General and 6 other District Attorney’s offices in bringing a civil law suit against ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 for violating California’s environmental protection laws by failing to properly maintain and inspect underground gasoline storage tanks at company owned or operated gasoline stations throughout the state.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Division found violations at 12 stations located in various locations throughout San Bernardino County. As part of the settlement, the San Bernardino County District Attorney was awarded $250,000 to reimburse litigation expenses and was awarded $750,000 in civil penalties which can only be used for environmental and consumer protection.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Division was awarded $600,000 in civil penalties and received $50,000 for the purchase of equipment, training and the purchase of safe transportation fuel containers.

“Penalties like this should serve as a wake-up call to corporations who fail to comply with our state’s environmental laws and regulations,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said. “We will continue to protect our state’s natural resources and the environmental safety of our citizens in this county.”

The case was handled locally by Deputy District Attorney Douglas Poston and Deputy District Attorney Daniel Silverman of the District Attorney’s Consumer and Environmental Protection unit of the Specialized Prosecutions Division. 

Click here to learn more about the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit.

Click here to view a copy of the settlement agreement.

Contacts: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665

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Christopher Lee
Public Affairs Officer
(909) 382-3665

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