Two Tulsa-based companies responsible for an oil spill in the Kentucky River last year have been ordered to pay more than $2.5 million in penalties as part of a settlement reached in U.S. District Court.
The settlement requires them to pay $1.4 million to the U.S. government and $1.2 million to the state of Kentucky.
The spill occurred in January 2005 near Carrollton, Ky. when a pipeline burst, sending over 250,000 gallons of oil into the Kentucky River.
The companies, Mid-Valley Pipeline Co. and Sunoco Pipeline L.P, have already spent an estimated $9.5 million to clean up the spill site and to alleviate environmental damage.
Additionally, the companies must reimburse the state about $120,000 for its emergency response costs and must donate $230,000 to non-profit environmental groups.