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Chevron, Southwest Gas Fined $1M for Not Reporting GHG Emissions

Chevron logoChevron and Southwest Gas have been fined about $1 million for violating California’s mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reporting rule in 2011.

This is the second time the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has issued fines for late or inaccurate reporting under the regulation, which mandates utilities and industrial facilities emitting more than 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually report their GHG emissions.

Chevron USA will pay $364,500 for reporting incorrect information regarding operations at its El Segundo Refinery. In this case the data remained uncorrected for 243 days, ARB says.

In a separate matter, Chevron North America Exploration & Production Company of Houston has agreed to pay $328,500 for late reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from its San Joaquin Valley oil fields. That data was late or incorrect for 219 days.

Southwest Gas of Las Vegas has agreed to pay $300,000 to resolve its late report regarding natural gas supplied to California for the year 2011. Southwest’s data was reported 320 days late.

ARB says the companies in all three cases have cooperated to correct inaccurate data and to file missing reports.

These are the largest penalties assessed for violations of the Mandatory Reporting regulation. In July, ARB fined ExxonMobil, Pacific Gas & Electric and seven other companies smaller amounts for late or inaccurate reporting.

Also in July, Chevron paid $422,500 in penalties for supplying gasoline and diesel fuel in violation of California air quality regulations.

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