Suncor oil refinery operators have agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle a lawsuit by federal and state authorities over a toxic spill that contaminated Sand Creek and the South Platte River.
A consent decree filed in U.S. District Court says government authorities agree to drop further legal action unless the spill worsens. The settlement requires court approval after at least 30 days for public notice and comment.
According to the Denver Post, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and U.S. Department of Justice attorneys filed a civil lawsuit against Suncor seeking remedies for harm caused initial by a 2011 spill from a broken underground pipe beneath storage tanks.
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