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EPA and Refinery Reach Agreement to Address Coffeyville Oil Spill

Release Date: 07/10/2007
Contact Information: Dianna Whitaker, (800) 223-0425, whitaker.dianna@epa.gov or Beckie Himes, (800) 223-0425, himes.beckie@epa.gov



Environmental News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Kansas City, Kan., July 10, 2007) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing, LLC, reached formal agreement today to address contamination from an oil spill that began at the refinery on July 1, 2007. The oil spill resulted from a record-setting flood that occurred in Coffeyville and southeastern Kansas.

The company has agreed to contain and secure oil discharges on and off of the facility and to recover as much oil as is practicable. EPA will oversee the work of the company as it moves forward with containment and recovery efforts. The agreement also requires the facility to:
  • Sample and monitor any oil discharge resulting from the pumping of flood waters from the facility into the Verdigris River
  • Assess facility inventories and provide updated estimates of the quantity of oil released
  • Inventory and assess areas affected by the discharge of oil from the facility, including residential areas, and develop a strategy for cleaning up those areas
  • Take action to protect the public water supply intakes for the towns of Lenapah, Delaware and Nowata in Oklahoma
  • Take action to prevent oil from reaching Lake Oologah in Oklahoma
  • Comply with all reporting requirements

Prior to signing the agreement, the company had already hired and dispatched environmental response contractors to the area to respond to the oil spill.

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