ConocoPhillips has agreed to pay $588,000 in compensation for environmental damage caused by a Dalco Passage oil spill that fouled 21 miles of South Sound beaches in October 2004.
Under a proposed settlement agreement filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, ConocoPhillips would pay for three environmental rehabilitation projects on Vashon and Maury islands, where most of the damage from the spill occurred.
ConocoPhillips has not admitted guilt in the release of between 1,000 and 7,200 gallons of crude oil, despite laboratory tests that linked the oil to the Polar Texas, a tanker owned by the ConocoPhillips subsidiary, Polar Tankers Inc.
“The consent decree makes no finding of guilt or innocence,” said state Department of Ecology spokesman Curt Hart, “but they’ve already paid a $540,000 fine and $2.2 million in response costs, so the facts kind of speak for themselves.”
Rob Carson, staff writer