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Settlement reached for fishing company involved in Ventura Harbor oil spill

VENTURA ― The fishing company, Royal Pacific, paid $80,000 for an oil spill including $10,000 in civil penalties and $70,000 in restitution for environmental damage on Dec. 1.

The spill occurred more than three years ago after Royal Pacific accidentally collided with another fishing vessel, causing 203 gallons of red dye diesel to be released into the Ventura Harbor.

Ventura Harbor was closed for over two weeks following the spill. The California Environmental Protection Agency determined there was no significant health risk.

Royal Pacific compensated the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the cleanup costs.

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