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Company Fined $1.6M for Oil Spill Violations

Superior Crude Gathering has agreed to pay a $1.61 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2010 crude oil spill from tanks at Superior’s oil storage facility in Ingleside, Texas.

The United States’ complaint alleges that Superior Crude discharged at least 2,200 barrels (or 92,400 gallons) of crude oil in violation of Section 311 of the Clean Water Act. The oil discharged from two tanks at the facility on Feb. 9 and 10, 2010, and crude oil flowed into an unnamed lake and wetlands near the Intracoastal Waterway and Redfish Bay.

The complaint also includes related violations of the Clean Water Act’s spill prevention, control and countermeasure regulations and spill response plan regulations.

The $1.61 million penalty is in addition to the costs incurred by Superior Crude to respond to the oil spill and to repair the tanks and containment areas. Superior Crude has ceased operations at the facility, which is located within the former Falcon Refinery.

In March almost 4,000 barrels of oil leaked into Galveston Bay on the Texas Coast from a barge that collided with a ship.

 

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