LOS ANGELES COUNTY : Chevron Agrees to Pay $500,000 in 1991 Spill

Chevron Corp. agreed Wednesday to pay $500,000 in fines and restitution resulting from a 1991 oil spill a mile off El Segundo that dirtied Santa Monica Bay beaches and threatened wildlife.

The oil company pleaded no contest in Inglewood Municipal Court to misdemeanor criminal violations of the state's Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act.

The spill occurred when an underwater pipeline was ripped open by a tanker trying to berth at a terminal one mile offshore from the company's El Segundo refinery. About 21,000 gallons of a diesel-like oil mixture were released.

Jeffrey J. Truskey, a Chevron lawyer, said the company settled the case to put the incident behind it and focus on preventing a recurrence.

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