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Petroda Oil and Gas Penalized for Violating the Clean Water Act

Release Date: 03/26/2009
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Anthony Suttice at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – March 26, 2009) The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Petroda Oil and Gas of Duncan, Oklahoma, $1,300 for violating federal Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act. A federal inspection of an oil production facility located on Eighth Street, Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma, on December 17, 2008, found inspections and tests required by SPCC regulations were not in accordance with written procedures developed for the facility, no designated personnel accountable for spill prevention, and spill prevention briefings were not scheduled and conducted periodically. The inspection also revealed personnel working at the site had no training in several areas, including general facility operations, operations and maintenance of equipment to prevent discharges, discharge procedure protocols, and applicable pollution control laws, rules and regulations. As part of an Expedited Settlement Agreement with EPA, the facility has provided certification that all identified deficiencies have been corrected.

Additional information on SPCC regulations is available at http://www.epa.gov/oilspill

More about activities in EPA Region 6: http://www.epa.gov/region6

EPA audio file is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/mar2009.html

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