DNREC, Federal Agencies Reach Settlement with Owner of Container Ship That Spilled Oil Into Delaware Bay in 2006

Feb 06, 2013 -- 4:58pm

Delaware and federal agencies have received money from a settlement to pay for cleaning up an oil spill in the Delaware Bay nearly seven years ago.

On April 25, 2006, the Bermuda Islander container ship spilled oil into the bay, soiling about 40 miles of shoreline, as well as aquatic life and wildlife habitats. DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara says the spill impacted mostly migratory shorebirds and recreational areas along the bay.

The owners of the ship, along with the state, NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have reached a settlement in which the owners will pay $270,000 to restore the natural resources that were impacted, and to reimburse the state and federal agencies for the costs they incurred in cleaning up the spill.

The draft assessment of the settlement will be available for the next 30 days for public comment. Click here to view the draft assessment from DNREC.

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