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Posted at 10:31 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Texas battlefield gets money in oil spill settlement

The Sabine Pass battlefield, located within present day Port Arthur, Texas, will benefit from a settlement with American Eagle Tankers involving the spill of 400,000 gallons of crude oil into the Sabine Neches Waterway, according to a story by fuelfix.com. The spill occurred Jan. 23, 2010 when the tanker Otome Eagle collided with a barge.

The settlement includes more than $313,000 in improvements to the state-owned battleground, site of a Confederate victory on Sept. 8, 1863. The company will also pay a fine of $86,600.

The improvements include dredging around the boat launch and lagoon and protective covers for the historic earthen ammunition bunkers. The battle is known for the heroics of 44 Confederate soldiers stationed at Fort Griffin who defeated an invading Union expedition of four gunboats and seven troop transports, capturing the gunboat Clifton and about 200 prisoners.

By Linda Wheeler  |  10:31 PM ET, 10/28/2011

 
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