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CAL/EPA ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH CHEVRON FOR 1991 EL SEGUNDO OIL SPILL; CHEVRON TO PAY $500,000

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Environmental Protection Agency (CAL/EPA) today announced a $500,000 settlement between local and state agencies and the Chevron Corp.(NYSE: CHV) stemming from a 20,000-gallon oil spill near El Segundo in Southern California in 1991.
 "These settlements not only repair damage done from the El Segundo spill, but also provide for the further study and development of pollution abatement techniques to ensure that another spill does not occur," said James M. Strock, secretary for Environmental Protection.
 "Californians can have confidence that these settlements make good on our commitment to prosecute environmental violations and to make pollution prevention part of our enforcement effort," Strock added.
 In Inglewood Municipal Court today, Chevron Shipping agreed to plead "no contest" to one misdemeanor violation of the state Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act (OSPRA) for the March 16, 1991 discharge of 20,000 gallons of oil into Santa Monica Bay.
 Chevron Shipping agreed to pay $200,000 in criminal penalties pursuant to OSPRA, with another $150,000 in restitution and costs to be distributed among the State Lands Commission, Department of Fish and Game, and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project for use in environmental studies and projects.
 The criminal action was prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Environmental Crimes/OSHA Division.
 In a separate settlement, Chevron USA, Inc. agreed to place $150,000 in an escrow account for use by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board in funding worthy and appropriate pollution abatement and environmental mitigation projects and studies in the greater Santa Monica Bay area.
 The Los Angeles Regional Water Board and Chevron USA Inc. will jointly decide what projects and studies to fund for development.
 The settlement between Chevron, the Attorney General's Office and the Los Angeles Regional Water Board resolves all civil claims against Chevron by the Los Angeles Regional Water Board.
 The spill occurred March 16, 1991, when an underwater oil pipeline - - connected to a Chevron oil refinery -- was ruptured by an anchor from a tanker operated by Chevron Shipping, releasing up to 20,000 gallons of oil into Santa Monica Bay.
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 /CONTACT: James Lee of CAL/EPA, 916-324-9670/
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