Dallas-Based Oil & Gas Producer Cited for Spill Prevention Violations

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Basa Resources of Dallas, Texas, $850 for violating federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act.

A federal inspection of an oil production facility located in Gregg County, Texas, revealed the facility's SPCC plan did not discuss and the facility did not implement appropriate containment and diversionary structures, and inspections and tests required by federal regulations were not in accordance with written procedures developed for the site. Personnel working at the site had no training on the operation and maintenance of equipment to prevent discharges, discharge procedure protocols, and applicable pollution control laws, rules, and regulations. The inspection also found site personnel had no training on general facility operations and no training on the contents of the SPCC plan. As part of an Expedited Settlement Agreement with EPA, the facility has provided certification that all identified deficiencies have been corrected.

SPCC regulations require onshore oil production or bulk storage facilities to provide oil spill prevention, preparedness, and responses to prevent oil discharges. The SPCC program helps protect the nation’s water quality. A spill of only one gallon of oil can contaminate one million gallons of water, EPA noted. Additional information on SPCC regulations is available at www.epa.gov/oilspill.

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