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Lady Bug Oil Company Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

Release Date: 04/13/2011
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Joe Hubbard at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(DALLAS – April 13, 2011) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined the Lady Bug Oil Company of Blackwell, Oklahoma, $2,900 for violating the Clean Water Act’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations. A recent inspection of four of the company’s oil production facilities in Kay County, Oklahoma, revealed a variety of SPCC violations.

These included training records not available for review and not maintained for three years as required by federal regulations and unavailable for review. EPA also found periodic inspections were not conducted to determine general condition and deterioration and maintenance needs of containers, foundations and supports or above ground valves and pipelines.

As part of an April 5, 2011, 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/apr2011.html

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