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US, Puerto Rico Reaches $2.7M Settlement in Oil Spill

By on March 22, 2016

SAN JUAN — The U.S. government and Puerto Rico have reached a settlement with the owner of an oil tanker that discharged 45,000 gallons (170,000 liters) of oil off the U.S. territory’s southwest coast.

Court documents filed Monday say that New York-based GMR Progress LLC agreed to pay more than $2.7 million for the 2007 incident near La Parguera beach. The money will go toward restoration projects.

Officials say oil leaked from one of the holding tanks of the Liberian-flagged tanker named Genmar Progress while it was anchored in Guayanilla Bay. The incident forced officials to temporarily close nearby beaches.

The company had agreed in 2010 to pay more than $6 million in separate cleanup costs.

The Associated Press

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