Four Oklahoma companies fined for violating the Clean Water Act
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined four Oklahoma companies $4,150 for violating federal Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act.
Federal inspections in December 2008 and January 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:
· N&N Oil Company, Duncan - $750;
· Ronnie Gaskins Oil & Gas, Lawton - $900;
· Red Earth Oil and Gas, Inc., Oklahoma City - $700; and
· Lewis Oil Properties, Ratliff City - $1,800.
As part of an Expedited Settlement Agreement with EPA, the companies have provided certification that all identified deficiencies have been corrected.
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.