General Mitchell International Airport. Image courtesy of Cliff/Flickr.

A former Shell pipeline employee was ordered to pay $19 million in restitution on Monday for a 2012 jet fuel spill at a Wisconsin airport.

Randy Jones, 44 of Louisiana, pleaded guilty in January to “knowingly failing to conduct required safety test” between January and December 2011 and to submitting false data to the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration.

According to prosecutors the violations eventually led to a 9,000 gallon jet fuel spill at the General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee in January 2012 after a hole in the pipeline went undetected.

Jones, a former corrosion coordinator for Shell Pipeline Company, was sentenced in federal court to five years of probation and ordered to pay $19,377,785 in restitution, the Department of Justice said.


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