$30-Million Settlement Ends Fuel Spill Lawsuits

Associated Press

The 20 class-action lawsuits filed against Ashland Oil Inc. for a 1988 diesel-fuel spill that disrupted water service in three states have been settled out of court for $30 million.

The Friday agreement settles lawsuits filed after the collapse of a storage tank Jan. 2, 1988, at an Ashland terminal in Jefferson, Pa.

About 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the Monongahela River, killing thousands of fish and birds and forcing water systems in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to stop drawing water from the Monongahela and Ohio rivers as the fuel went downstream.

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