Appeals Filed In CITGO Fine

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - CITGO Petroleum Corp. and the U.S. Justice Department have appealed a recent judge's ruling that the company pay $9 million in a lawsuit the government brought over a major 2006 oil spill at the company's Lake Charles refinery.

The Advocate reports CITGO appealed the judgment this week, closely following an appeal filed last month by the Justice Department, which had sought penalties far beyond what the judge imposed.

U.S. District Judge Richard Haik ruled in September that CITGO pay $6 million to the federal government and $3 million to state government in connection with the spill.

CITGO declined comment on the appeal through company spokeswoman Dana Keel, citing a policy of not discussing pending litigation.

The Justice Department has also declined comment on its appeal.