2 gasoline companies ordered to pay $11.5M for violations

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – A California judge has ordered two gasoline companies to pay $11.5 million to settle accusations they failed to properly maintain underground storage tanks, threatening nearby water supplies.

An Alameda County judge on Thursday approved the settlement with Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips.

Prosecutors say the Houston-based companies failed to comply with hazardous materials and hazardous waste laws at more than 560 gasoline stations owned or operated by them in the state of California.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris says the companies failed to adequately monitor hazardous materials, which endangered nearby water supplies.

The civil enforcement prosecution was joined by the California Attorney General’s Office, and district attorneys in El Dorado, Placer, Merced, Nevada, Stanislaus and San Bernardino counties.

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