A legal path has been cleared for hundreds of tons of debris to be removed from a waterway south of Coos Bay, Ore. that’s home to federally protected coho salmon and green sturgeon.
In April 2012, a massive construction landslide sent mud, rock, tree limbs and other debris into Coalbank Slough. The calamity spawned several lawsuits as the sides tried to pin the blame for the mess and the financial responsibility for the cleanup.
The Register-Guard newspaper reported a settlement was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Eugene. Under the deal, two insurance companies would pay a total of $700,000 toward the cleanup.
The deal must be approved by a judge and the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
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