Tesoro Alaska Co. and a tanker corporation have agreed to pay Alaska nearly $430,000 to settle claims from the grounding of an oil tanker in ice-choked waters of Cook Inlet four years ago.
The vessel was taking on petroleum products from Tesoro’s refinery in heavy ice conditions when the tanker broke away from the Kenai Pipeline Co. dock. The crew could not start the ship’s engine and it grounded. About 84 gallons of gasoline spilled from loading lines. The companies admitted no violations. State officials said the crew failed to meet key requirements of winter ice operating rules.
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