Thirty Shell gasoline stations in Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties are among those included in a $19.5 million judgment over violations involving underground fuel-storage tanks.
The judgment, announced Friday by state Attorney General Jerry Brown, stemmed from allegations that Shell Oil and affiliated companies failed to maintain leak-detection or spill-alarm equipment, among other violations.
The local stations -- in Clovis, Fresno, Kingsburg, Selma, Kettleman City, Tulare and Visalia -- are among more than 1,600 in the state that are subject to requirements for improved monitoring and maintenance of underground tanks, better employee training and improved recordkeeping.
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