The company that owned a barge that spilled 98,000 gallons of oil into a Massachusetts waterway has agreed to a $6 million civil settlement with the government.
Bouchard Transportation Co. will pay the U.S. Justice Department, Massachusetts and Rhode Island for its role in the spill in April 2003, the Justice Department announced.
A barge carrying No. 6 fuel oil from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a power plant in Sandwich, Massachusetts, ran aground in Massachusetts' Buzzards Bay, rupturing the hull and spilling the oil, the Justice announcement said.
The oil marred nearly 100 miles of shoreline in the two states and killed hundreds of loons, sea ducks and other birds.
Bouchard earlier paid a $10 million fine in a criminal plea agreement. Private property owners also are suing the company, the Boston Herald reported.
"Itâ€™s great news," Mark Rasmussen, president of the Coalition for Buzzards Bay, told the Herald. "Itâ€™s been far too long in coming."