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Plantation Pipe Line Co.

Henrico County, VA: (Jun-21-07) The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality brought charges against Plantation Pipe Line Co., alleging environmental damage the company caused in 2006, when a pipeline ruptured in a western Henrico County neighborhood. The charge claimed that over 23,000 gallons of jet fuel spewed into the air, and some of it ended up in a nearby stream. Three homes suffered significant damage, particularly with contaminated soil and groundwater. The 12-inch diameter line is part of a 3,100 mile network operated by Kinder Morgan, the parent company of Plantation Pipe Line. The fuel is said to have contaminated soil and groundwater around three homes, and vapors forced the temporary relocation of some residents, some fuel also flowed into Stony Run. In an effort to stem the damage, contaminated soil and trees have been removed and replaced with clean fill and new landscaping.

In a settlement negotiated and reached with help from the State Water Control Board, Plantation Pipe Line agreed to pay $668,341. The settlement amount includes $450,000 to be paid to a Virginia State fund for response to such emergencies as the pipeline rupture; $200,000 for software, radios, and other equipment to improve Henrico's response to future hazardous-material spills; and $18,341 to reimburse the Department of Environmental Quality for its costs. [IN RICH: JET FUEL]

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Published on Jun-27-07


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