Texas Petroleum Investment Company Fined for Violating the Clean Water Act

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined the Houston-based Texas Petroleum Company for oil spills from its production facilities in Louisiana.

The EPA fined Texas Petroleum over $163,000 for violating federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC)regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act.

A federal inspection of oil production facilities in Terrebonne, Plaquemines, Lafourche, St. Charles and Iberia parishes revealed the company had failed to prepare and implement SPCC plans as required by federal regulations.  The announcement also settles Clean Water Act violations for discharges of oil into wetland areas and unnamed canals in three of the Louisiana parishes.

SPCC regulations require onshore oil production or bulk storage facilities to provide oil spill prevention, preparedness and responses to prevent oil discharges.  A spill of only one gallon of oil can contaminate one million gallons of water.

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...