BP to pay $210,000 penalty, improve US oil spill response

27 September 2012 22:53  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--BP Products North America will pay $210,000 (160,000) in penalties and incorporate a first-of-its-kind oil spill response programme at its 33 onshore oil terminals through the US, a regulator said on Thursday.

The company will also implement a compliance audit to resolve alleged violations of spill response regulations at its Curtis Bay Terminal in Maryland, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

BP Products violated federal regulations requiring oil storage facilities to conduct drills and exercises to respond to oil spills at its Curtis Bay Terminal," the EPA said.

“After twice failing to pass oil spill response exercises at its Curtis Bay facility, under the settlement, BP is required to put preventative measures into place at all of its terminals nationwide that will reduce the threat of oil spills and protect our nation’s valuable waterways,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

Furthermore, BP Products will conduct an independent compliance audit of 12 of its marine and high-risk petroleum product terminal facilities.

The civil penalty is EPA’s highest to date for violations of oil drills and exercise requirements where there was no discharge of oil, the organisation said.

BP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

($1 = €0.78)

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