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Buckeye and West Shore Pipelines to Pay $8.7 Million in Civil Penalties and Damages for Injuries to Natural Resources Resulting from 2010 Crude Oil Spill near Lockport, Illinois

The owner and operator of a pipeline have agreed to pay a $1.5 million civil penalty under the Clean Water Act and $7.2 million in damages and mitigation to resolve federal and state Oil Pollution Act and Clean Water Act claims arising from a 2010 spill of over 1,800 barrels of oil into a globally rare dolomite wetland from a pipeline near Lockport, Illinois. The complaint, filed along with the settlement, alleges that the crude oil spill injured a critical habitat for the federally-endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly.

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