Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Shell Oil
Current Parent Company: 
Royal Dutch Shell
Penalty: 
$14,500,000
Year: 
2005
Date: 
January 7, 2005
Offense Group: 
environment-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

Shell Oil agreed to pay Orange County $14.5 million to settle a lawsuit over groundwater contamination from the now-banned fuel additive MTBE at scores of gas stations. The total included $10.5 million for a study t determine the full extent of the contamination, which the company agreed to clean up.

Level of Government: 
local
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Orange County (CA) District Attorney
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Private Lawsuit Resolution Type: 
settlement
Facility State: 
California
Facility County: 
Orange
HQ Country of Parent: 
Netherlands
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
oil and gas
Specific Industry of Parent: 
oil & gas
Source of Data: 

Shell Oil to shell out; Company will pay $14.5 million to settle O.C. groundwater contamination suit, Orange County Register, January 7, 2005 (via Nexis).

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