Texas and Oklahoma Companies Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act
Release Date: 05/11/2009
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Anthony Suttice at 214-665-2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Dallas, Texas – May 11, 2009) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined one Texas and two Oklahoma companies $2,500 for violating federal Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act.
Federal inspections in February and March 2009 of oil production facilities found numerous violations. For example, inspections and tests required by SPCC regulations were not in accordance with written procedures and spill prevention briefings were not scheduled and conducted periodically. The inspections also revealed personnel working at the facilities had no training in several areas, including: operation and maintenance of equipment to prevent discharges; discharge procedure protocols; general facility operations; and applicable pollution control laws, rules and regulations.
The facilities and fines assessed as a result of the inspections were as follows:
- · Noble Energy, Inc., Houston, Texas - $900;
· Southwest Petroleum Corp., Drumright, Oklahoma - $850; and
· Marjo Operating Co. Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma - $750
SPCC regulations require facilities to provide oil spill prevention, preparedness and response 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/region6
EPA audio file is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/may2009.html