$170K penalty

Company agrees to $170K penalty after oil discharge

An Oklahoma-based company has agreed to pay a $170,000 penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to oil pollution at its oil gathering, pumping, and storage facility in Big Horn County, Wyoming.

The agreement with the EPA resolves alleged violations of the Clean Water Act’s requirements for oil and gas operations at its facility, including a March 8, 2010, pipeline discharge of approximately 162 barrels of crude oil into a tributary of the Nowood River.

The agreement also resolves allegations that the company violated EPA regulations regarding the preparation and implementation of a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan and a Facility Response Plan (FRP).

The news release notes that the company cleaned up the oil release and ultimately submitted an acceptable FRP.

“This settlement underscores the importance of EPA’s oil spill prevention requirements in safeguarding our rivers and streams,” said Shaun McGrath, regional administrator for EPA‘s Denver office.

“[The company] was responsive in putting the necessary preventative and response measures in place, and EPA will ensure that the station’s current operators continue to comply with these critical environmental requirements.”

The settlement requires the company to pay a civil penalty of $170,000 which will be deposited into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, a fund used by federal agencies to respond to discharges of oil and hazardous substances.

The consent decree was lodged in U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming. A copy of the consent decree is available for review and public comment on the Department of Justice website at: http://www.justice.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html


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