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ATP Infrastructure Partners pay up for allegedly concealing “visible sheen” with chemicals.
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The owner of an offshore oil rig that used to operate in the Gulf of Mexico will pay a $1 million civil fine to settle a lawsuit over unauthorized discharges of oil and chemicals, according to recent reports.
ATP Infrastructure Partners was permitted to discharge a limited amount of oil in wastewater from its rig, the ATP Innovator—as long as it monitored wastewater for “visible sheen,” which the EPA requires companies to report.
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However inspectors from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) found that ATP was also releasing a dispersant called Cleartrin ZB-103 into its wastewater, which can break up “visible sheen” and conceal oil discharges, the Times-Picayune of Greater New Orleans reported.
Federal agencies file suit
The EPA, the BSEE, and the Justice Department subsequently filed suit against ATP Infrastructure Partners, along with its parent company, the embattled ATP Oil & Gas Corporation. The suit against ATP Oil & Gas remains unresolved.
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Meanwhile, ATP will have to remove and seal up the pipe used to discharge the dispersant. They are also required to certify the rig can meet EPA and BSSE environmental and safety standards before operating again, according to an article by EHS Today.
Avoid enforcement action: Operate within regulations
This incident highlights the need for operators dealing with chemicals and oil products to operate within regulations set forth by the EPA and BSSE to avoid enforcement action. [Times-Picayune and EHS Today] –Angela Hunt
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