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Consent Decree for settlement of Natural Resource Injuries from the July 28, 2006, Texmo Diesel Spill, Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona
Southwest Region, July 20, 2007
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The Consent Decree, United States v. Texmo Oil Company Jobbers, was logged on July 20, 2007, for the amount of $1,217,382.91 as settlement for damages to natural resources on the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge).  On July 28, 2006, a Texmo tanker truck carrying about 7,800 gallons of diesel fuel overturned on the State Highway 95 Bridge, crossing over the Bill Williams River and the Refuge, located about 20 miles south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.  The diesel spilled onto the bridge, caught fire, and flowed off the bridge into a wetland associated with the river and burned 348 acres of cattail marsh, riparian, and upland vegetation habitats on the Refuge.  These injured habitats are protected and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for migratory birds, including the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher and Yuma clapper rail.  The settlement is based on restoration costs estimated to conduct primary restoration actions in 1) riparian woodlands (60 acres) to control invasive species with an herbicide and revegatate with native species and 2) desert washes (20 acres) to over-seed with native species to control invasive species.  Settlement dollars will also be used for additional restoration actions to restore abandoned agricultural lands to riparian woodland habitat (10 acres) on the refuge.  Emergency restoration dollars, $75,000, were received in the fall of 2006, to purchase and apply native seed to riparian woodland and desert wash habitats.  The emergency restoration actions were conducted to reduce additional injury to the environment until damage assessment and settlement was completed.  A draft restoration plan, identifying how the funds will be used for restoring the injured resources, is prepared and will soon go out for 30-day public review and comment.  The administrative record will accompany the draft restoration plan. 

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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