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Breck Operating Corporation Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

Release Date: 08/15/2012
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Jennah Durant, 214 665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov.

(DALLAS – August 15, 2012) The Environmental Protection Agency has fined the Breck Operating Corporation of Breckenridge, Texas, $2,250 for violating federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations at two of its oil production facilities.

On June 7, 2012, an EPA inspection at the facilities found numerous violations including; inadequate or no description of drainage controls, no information and procedures for reporting a discharge and inadequate discussion of spill prevention procedures. The inspections also revealed the facilities had no facility diagram, no contingency plan and no written commitment of manpower, equipment and materials.

The facilities inspected and fined were:

G.H. Newsom oil production facility, Jack County, Texas, $1,125
J. H. Holden oil production facility, Jack County, Texas, $1,125

As part of an Expedited Settlement Agreement with the EPA, the corporation has provided certification that all identified deficiencies have been corrected.

SPCC regulations require onshore production and bulk storage facilities to provide oil spill prevention, control and countermeasures to prevent oil discharges. The SPCC program helps protect our nation’s water quality since a spill of 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 is available at
http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/region6.html

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