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Trivestco Energy Company Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

Release Date: 07/26/2011
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Joe Hubbard at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(DALLAS – July 26, 2011) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined the Trivestco Energy Company of Ponca City, Oklahoma, $4,850 for violating federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act.

A federal inspection of two oil production facilities located near Braman, Kay County, Oklahoma, revealed that the facilities SPCC plans did not implement appropriate containment structures and equipment and no inspection records were available for review by the inspector. The inspection also revealed training records for site personnel were not maintained for three years as required by federal regulations, visual inspections of containers, foundations and supports were not conducted periodically for deterioration and maintenance needs, and above ground valves and pipelines were not examined on a scheduled basis for general condition. As part of an Expedited Settlement Agreement with EPA, the facility has provided certification that all identified deficiencies have been corrected.

SPCC regulations require onshore oil production or bulk storage facilities to provide oil spill prevention, preparedness and responses to prevent oil discharges. The SPCC program helps protect our nation’s water quality. A spill of only one gallon of oil can contaminate one million gallons of water.

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

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

EPA audio file is available at: http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/jul2011.html

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