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Settlement Reached In Lawsuit Over Fuel Spill In South Coast Harbor

Ventura County prosecutors say they’ve reached a settlement with the owners of a fishing vessel over an fuel spill in a local harbor.

Prosecutors say in November of 2013, the Royal Pacific accidentally released about 200 gallons of diesel fuel into Ventura Harbor when it collided with another fishing vessel. The owners fully cleaned up the spill, and compensated the state for its costs in overseeing cleanup.

The settlement over the county’s civil environmental prosecution of the spill calls for the owners to pay $80,000 including $10,000 in penalties and $70,000 in restitution for civil damage.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.