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TE Products Pipeline Company, LLC and TEPPCO Crude Pipeline, LLC

Dallas, TX: (Aug-16-07) The US Environmental Protection Agency brought charges against TE Products Pipeline Company, LLC and TEPPCO Crude Pipeline, LLC, alleging that the companies violated the Clean Water Act. The suit stemmed from the fact that 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.

In a settlement reached, the two companies, collectively known as TEPPCO agreed to pay a $2.865 million penalty to resolve violations. 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. Apart from the $2.865 million fine, TEPPCO will perform a close internal survey of the segment of the pipeline system from Beaumont, Texas, to Many, Louisiana. For each nonconforming location, corrective action must be taken to bring the cathodic protection into compliance. It will also install remote surveillance cameras at the Newton and Many pump stations. The cameras will provide around-the-clock site surveillance of pump stations by the Houston Pipeline Control Center and the field operation centers. [YOSEMITE EPA: OIL DISCHARGE]

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Published on Aug-19-07


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