DOJ Sues Transportation Company Faulted for 2008 Oil Spill

Source:, October 6, 2021
By: Kendall Heebink

A suit was filed Monday in the Eastern District of Louisiana by plaintiffs the United States of America and the State of Louisiana against defendant American Commercial Barge Line, LLC (ACBL). The plaintiffs filed suit against the defendant per the request of a host of federal and state organizations and agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United States Department of the Interior, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the United States Department of Commerce, the State of Louisiana and more.

The complaint alleges that ACBL violated the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 as well as the Louisiana Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act, violations that are the result of “an oil spill caused by the collision of the ocean-going tanker M/V TINTOMARA with ACBL’s tanker barge DM-932 under tow by the M/V MEL OLIVER.” Read more.

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