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  • New rules proposed as 5-year anniversary of oil spill nears

    A week shy of the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Obama administration proposed new regulations Monday aimed at strengthening oversight of offshore oil drilling equipment and ensuring that out-of-control wells can be sealed in an emergency. The explosion of the Deepwater rig on April 20, 2010, killed 11 people and dumped as many as 172 million gallons of oil into the ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Proposes Amendments to Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing revisions to certain regulatory requirements for facilities subject to the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rule. The revisions will tailor and streamline requirements to particular industry sectors and facility owners or operators subject to the rule.  Nothing in this proposed rule removes any regulatory requirement for ...

  • EPA announces final amendments to oil spill prevention, control, and countermeasure rules

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing a final regulation that amends certain requirements for facilities subject to the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule.  The amendments clarify regulatory requirements, tailor requirements to particular industry sectors, and streamline certain requirements for a facility owner or operator subject to the ...

  • EPA Issues Final Rule on Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures

    (Washington, D.C.) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is amending certain requirements for facilities subject to EPA's Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations. The SPCC regulations require covered facilities to prevent, prepare for and respond to oil discharges. The final rule will provide alternative compliance options for certain regulated facilities. This ...

  • Yakima fuel distributor violated oil spill prevention and response safety rules

    Wondrack Distributing, Inc. violated federal oil spill prevention and response rules at its Yakima, Washington fuel distribution facility, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA found multiple violations of Clean Water Act spill prevention rules and spill response requirements at the facility. “Companies that store large amounts of fuel must be prepared ...

  • Oil spill prevention, control, and countermeasure rule gains new amendments

    New amendments to the SPCC rule will clarify regulatory requirements, tailor requirements to particular industry sectors, and streamline certain requirements for facility owners or operators subject to the rule.  With these changes, EPA expects to encourage greater compliance with the SPCC regulations, thus resulting in increased protection of human health and the environment. The ...

  • What caused the Gulf oil spill?

    The following article was written by Thomas R. Krause, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of BST, a leading safety performance consulting firm based in Ojai, California. A failure of leadership led to the April 20, 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, killing 11 workers and releasing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, senior executive leaders ...

  • EPA proposes year`s grace on spill prevention rule--but not for offshore drillers

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to extend the compliance date by one year for certain facilities subject to recent amendments to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule. The agency also is announcing that certain facilities will not be eligible for the one-year extension and will have to comply by the current date of Nov. 10, 2010. Last year, EPA amended ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • North Slope fuel distributor violated oil spill prevention and response safety rules

    NANA Oilfield Services, Inc. violated federal oil spill prevention and response rules at its Deadhorse, Alaska, fuel storage and distribution facility, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA found multiple violations of Clean Water Act spill prevention rules and spill response requirements at the facility. "Companies that store large amounts of fuel must be ...

  • Court upholds approval of BP oil spill settlement

    Over BP's objections, a federal appeals court on Friday upheld a judge's approval of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents who claim the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money. BP has argued that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier and court-appointed claims ...


    By Associated Press

  • Oil Spill Response Planning in the Pacific Northwest

    What is the rule? Chapter 173-186 of the State of Washington Administrative Code (WAC) establishes oil spill contingency plan, drill and equipment verification requirements, and provisions for inspection of records for owners and operators of railroads required to submit oil spill contingency plans under chapter 90.56 Revised Code of Washington (RCW), and for the response contractors that ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Halliburton reaches $1B Gulf oil spill settlement

    Halliburton agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle what it calls "a substantial portion" of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The settlement, if approved by a federal court, would allow businesses and property owners who were hurt by the oil spill to collect punitive damages from Halliburton through a fund to be administered by a court-appointed ...


    By Associated Press

  • A series of settlements in 2010 Gulf oil spill

    A committee of lawyers representing businesses and individuals claiming damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill announced a $211 million settlement Wednesday with Transocean Ltd., owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. In a separate development, oil giant BP - which leased the rig from Transocean - reached settlements resolving years of complicated spill-related litigation ...


    By Associated Press

  • Company in West Virginia oil spill under scrutiny

    When state inspectors showed up unannounced at Freedom Industries to investigate a licorice odor wafting across West Virginia's capital city, company executive Dennis Farrell seemed to brush off any cause for concern. But inspectors quickly found what was already contaminating the water for some 300,000 people: a chemical oozing from an above-ground tank and escaping through an old, cracked ...


    By Associated Press

  • Oregon fuel companies fined for federal oil spill prevention and response violations

    Tyree Oil Inc., Carson Oil Co., and Ferrell’s Fuel Network will pay fines and invest in facility upgrades for violating federal oil spill prevention and response rules at their Oregon facilities, according to separate settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA inspections of each facility from 2007 and 2011 found multiple violations of federal spill prevention rules and ...

  • Court Won`T Stop BP Oil Spill Claims Payments

    BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court panel said Wednesday. The 2-1 judgment said the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not put a stop to payments while BP appeals the court's earlier ruling that businesses, under the settlement, don't have to prove ...


    By Associated Press

  • Idaho oil distributor pays $15,000 penalty for inadequate spill prevention measures

    Kimble Oil, Inc. agreed to pay a $15,000 fine for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its oil storage and distribution facility in Challis, Idaho under an order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. During an August 2009 inspection of the facility, inspectors noted several violations of Clean Water Act regulations including: The failure to prepare an adequate spill ...

  • 35,000 gallons of oil spills after Montana train derailment

    Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said. The spill marked the latest in a series of wrecks across the U.S. and Canada that have highlighted the safety risks of moving crude by rail. No one was reported injured in the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Washington Fines Greek Shipper Without Oil Spill Readiness Plan

    OLYMPIA, Washington, August 29, 2007 (ENS) - The Washington state Department of Ecology has levied an $8,500 fine against the Greek shipping firm Marmaras Navigation Co. Ltd. for operating a cargo vessel in Washington waters for five days without a state-approved oil spill readiness plan. The Department of Ecology could have levied a fine up to $100,000 a day. The penalty against ...

  • New England Ski Companies Reminded that Oil Spill Prevention Protects the Environment

    As with all businesses that store significant quantities of petroleum-based fuel and oil at their facilities, New England ski resorts have a legal responsibility to create and implement updated oil spill prevention plans to be in compliance with federal oil pollution prevention laws. Adhering to “Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure” rules helps ensure that the local ...

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