TE Products Pipeline Company, LLC and TEPPCO Crude Pipeline, LLC (collectively “TEPPCO”) will pay a $2.865 million penalty to resolve violations of the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
In addition, the Houston-based oil and gas distributor will be required to make modifications to its pipeline operations that involve performing corrosion control surveys, installing surveillance cameras, and updating its computer system to better detect leaks and spills.
“It is imperative that business and industry do their part to minimize the risks of oil and fuel spills,” said EPA Regional Administrator Richard E. Greene. “Keeping our waters clean must be a priority and must be viewed as a fundamental responsibility. EPA and our state partners will continue to ensure that companies make conscientious efforts to follow environmental laws.”
TEPPCO discharged approximately 6,470 barrels (271,740 gallons) of jet fuel, gasoline and crude oil on four different occasions into waters of the United States between November 2001 and May 2005 at locations in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.