ExxonMobil to pay $1.4M penalty in settlement for CWA violations from 2012 oil spill

Sponsored by

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 26, 2014 -- Today, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (ExxonMobil) has agreed to pay a civil penalty totaling $1.4 million for an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) stemming from a crude oil spill from the company's "North Line" pipeline near the town of Torbert, La., in 2012.  

The United States' complaint, which was also filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, alleges that ExxonMobil discharged at least 2,800 barrels (or 117,000 gallons) of crude oil in violation of Section 311 of the CWA. On April 28, 2012, ExxonMobil's 20/22-inch-diamater pipeline ruptured near Torbert, about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge, and crude oil spilled into the surrounding area and flowed into an unnamed tributary connected to Bayou Cholpe.

The penalty is in addition to the costs incurred by ExxonMobil to respond to the oil spill and to replace the segment of ruptured pipeline. ExxonMobil is completing cleanup actions pursuant to an administrative order issued by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. The company also continues to do follow-up work and to operate under a Corrective Action Order issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

The CWA makes it unlawful to discharge oil or hazardous substances into or upon the navigable waters of the United States or adjoining shorelines in quantities that may be harmful to the environment or public health. The penalty paid for this spill will be deposited in the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund managed by the National Pollution Fund Center. The Fund is used to pay for federal response activities and to compensate for damages when there is a discharge or substantial threat of discharge of oil or hazardous substances to waters of the U.S. or adjoining shorelines.

See also:

"Archer Daniels settles CWA violations at five large oil storage plants across U.S."

"KY oil well operators sentenced for SDWA violations"

###

Sponsored by

TODAY'S HEADLINES

New USGS publications unveil historical hydraulic fracturing trends and data

The U.S. Geological Survey has announced that two new publications highlighting historical hydraulic fracturing trends and data from 1947 to 2010 are now available.

Contegra Construction to expand, renovate Illinois WTP in $7.9M project

Contegra Construction has been selected to renovate and expand the water treatment plant that serves the city of Roxana, Ill.

American Rivers reports 72 dam removals for 2014, sets goal to 75 for 2015

According to new information from American Rivers, communities in 19 states removed 72 dams in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and people. This year, the organization is setting a goal of 75 dam removals.

EPA awarding $1M in grants to help protect, restore vital U.S. wetlands

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will soon award $1 million in grants to strengthen the capacity of states and tribes to protect and restore vital wetlands across the nation.  

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA