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Shell / Martinez Oil Spill

  • LOCATION: McNabney Marsh, Carquinez Strait, and adjacent waters, Contra Costa County
  • DATE: April 23, 1988
  • INCIDENT SUMMARY: A leaking tank at the Shell oil refinery drained approximately 400,000 gallons of crude oil into a nearby creek. The oil then ran into a marsh and into the bay.
  • RESPONSIBLE PARTY: Shell Oil Company
  • NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES: California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife; California State Lands Commission; United States Fish and Wildlife Service; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • RESOURCES IMPACTED: Wetland habitat; fish.
  • SETTLEMENT DETAILS: The trustees settled the NRDA portion of the case for $10.8 million.

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