Oregon Statutes - Chapter 468B - Water Quality - Section 468B.310 - Liability for violation of ORS 468B.305.

(1) Any person owning oil or having control over oil which enters the waters of the state in violation of ORS 468B.305 shall be strictly liable, without regard to fault, for the damages to persons or property, public or private, caused by such entry. However, in any action to recover damages, the person shall be relieved from strict liability without regard to fault if the person can prove that the oil to which the damages relate, entered the waters of the state by causes set forth in ORS 468B.305 (2).

(2) Nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the right of a person owning or having control of oil to maintain an action for the recovery of damages against another person for an act or omission of such other person resulting in the entry of oil into the waters of the state for which the person owning or having control of such oil is liable under subsection (1) of this section. [Formerly 449.159 and then 468.790]

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