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Overflight photo of shoreline sheening and recovery operations (NOAA).
Overflight photo of shoreline sheening and recovery operations (NOAA).

$19.69 M Proposed for Restoration on Calcasieu River, Louisiana

June 25, 2021

On June 24, 2021 the U.S Department of Justice lodged a Consent Decree valued at $19.69 million to restore natural resources injured by an oil spill at CITGO’s Lake Charles Refinery on the Calcasieu River and estuary

In 2006 an oil spill occurred when two wastewater storage tanks at the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery overflowed and spilled millions of gallons of oil and oily water into the Indian Marais waterway. Contaminated water flowed into the Calcasieu River and estuary, which impacted an estimated 150 miles of shoreline habitats. 

Fish, wildlife, marsh, and riverine sediments were also impacted by the pollution. Numerous fish kills were observed around the floating oil, and in the days following the spill fishing and other outdoor recreational activities were shut down. 

If approved, this Consent Decree will settle claims of injuries and go towards restoration projects that benefit the habitats, fish, wildlife, and outdoor recreational activities impacted by the oil spill. 

The public is encouraged to comment on the proposed settlement through July 24, 2021 on the Department of Justice website.