SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) — BP West Coast Products LLC,
BP Products North America Inc. and Atlantic Richfield Company have agreed to a $14
million settlement after allegations the companies violated state laws
regarding operating and maintaining motor vehicle fuel underground storage
tanks, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced Nov. 17.
Harris worked with nine district attorneys throughout California on the case. Those involved alleged BP did not properly inspect
and maintain its tanks at an estimated 780 gas stations in the state over a 10-year period. Harris’ office also alleges that BP
violated additional hazardous material and hazardous waste laws.
"BP endangered our water supply, environment and the
health of Californians by failing to adequately operate underground gasoline
storage tanks,” Harris said. "The
California Department of Justice takes environmental violations seriously and
will hold accountable companies that jeopardize public health or safety.”
Joining Harris’ office in the
enforcement action were Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley,
Glenn County District Attorney Dwayne Stewart, Merced County District Attorney
Larry D. Morse II, Nevada County District Attorney Clifford Newell, Placer
County District Attorney Ronald Scott Owens, San Bernardino County D.A Michael Ramos, San Diego County D.A. Bonnie M. Dumanis,
Stanislaus County D. A. Birgit Fladager, and Yuba County D.A. Patrick McGrath.