Maine to Get $2m from ocean-pollution fine
According to reports, a record $37m pollution fine against a fleet of tankers is expected to pump $2m into marine conservation efforts in the Gulf of Maine.
The company pay
ing the fine, meanwhile, says the employees responsible for the pollution violated its policies and were fired.
Overseas Shipholding Group pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges that several of its tankers dumped oily wastes into the ocean during the past five years instead of going through the time and expense of proper disposal, and that crews tried to cover up the violations by falsifying logbooks. Part of the $37 million penalty is intended to be restitution for the environmental damage, and Maine's share of that is $2.06 million.
Source: Portland Press Herald