Business & Real Estate

Oil companies to pay CA $11.5 million for improper use of gas storage tanks

State Attorney General Kamala Harris on Thursday announced an $11.5 million settlement with oil giants Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips over alleged violations of state laws on proper use of underground gasoline storage tanks.

The state said the companies failed to comply with hazardous materials and hazardous waste laws at more than 560 gas stations owned or operated in California.

“Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips failed to adequately monitor hazardous materials in large gasoline holding tanks, which endangered nearby water supplies,” Harris said in a statement.

In a January 2013 complaint, the AG’s office said that since 2006 Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips had failed to properly maintain leak detection devices, test secondary containment systems, conduct monthly inspections, train employees in proper safety protocol and maintain operational alarm systems.

A final judgment was approved in Alameda County Superior Court.

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