Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | March 16, 2010

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says US EPA after small fishes in Texas.

US EPA fined Dolberry Energy Resource Corp. of Dallas, Texas, a whopping $1,000 for violating federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act.  

So what did EPA find that require collection of $1,000 civil penalty? A federal inspection of an onshore oil production facility located near Brookshire in Waller County, Texas, found no evidence of an SPCC plan for the facility. SPCC regulations require certain onshore oil production and bulk storage facilities provide oil spill prevention, preparedness and responses to prevent oil discharges.

As part of an Expedited Settlement Agreement On the Cheap with EPA, the facility has provided certification that an SPCC plan has been prepared for the facility and certified by a professional engineer.

I may be wrong, but this matter seems like an incredible waste of federal resources. Like using a sledge hammer to nail a toe strip along a baseboard.


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