Chevron sues Clayton’s Apex Oil over leaky pipeline

Oil giant Chevron Corp. is suing Clayton-based Apex Oil Corp. over a faulty oil pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of petroleum products into the Baltimore Harbor and cost Chevron $30 million to clean up.

Chevron, which filed a suit against Apex on Feb. 6 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, says Apex should help pay for the cleanup.

The suit stems from Chevron’s 1994 sale of the pipeline to Apex. At the time, Chevron was cleaning up old leaks, but it said any new pollution¬†from the pipeline would be the responsibility of Apex.

Apex, controlled by the family of Paul “Tony” Novelly, is one of the largest private companies in the St. Louis area. Forbes magazine estimated last year that the company had revenue of around $5 billion.

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