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EPA Orders Petco Petroleum Corporation to Cease Discharge of Pollutants

Release Date: 04/16/2009
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Anthony Suttice at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas - April 16, 2009) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a cease and desist administrative order to Petco Petroleum Corporation of Hinsdale, Illinois, for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

On March 26, 2009, an EPA inspection of the company’s oil field production facility in Creek County, Oklahoma, found an unauthorized discharge of oil field brine from the facility to a tributary of the Cimarron River. The inspection also revealed that water located at the discharge point of entry into the tributary was contaminated from brine discharges and salts.

Based on these findings, Petco Petroleum Corporation has been ordered to cease all discharges of pollutants from the facility, remove all brine and contaminated soils from the flow path between the facility and the tributary, and within 30 days provide written certification to EPA that these activities have been completed.

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/apr2009.html

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