Oil spill in Washington state blamed on ConocoPhillips oil tanker
Friday, December 24th 2004, 5:55 am
News On 6
SEATTLE (AP) _ The aging oil tanker of a company that employs thousands of Oklahomans is being blamed for a 1,000 gallon oil spill in Washington state.
Officials in that state and from the federal government say lab tests prove that Conoco-Phillips' Polar Texas tanker was the source of an October 14th spill near Tacoma.
The spill cost nearly $2-million dollars to clean up and left a 21-mile oily slick in Puget Sound.
The Houston-based company denies the accusation and alleges the government hasn't shared results of the tests with the company.
Conoco-Phillips employs about 2,400 in Bartlesville and about 1,600 in Ponca City.
The 899-foot Polar Texas went into service in 1973.