WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the
Department of Justice on
Jan. 19 reached a settlement with
Magellan Pipeline Company L.P. for alleged Clean Water Act violations related
to a fuel spill.
"Fuel spills have real and lasting impacts on clean water for communities," Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and
Compliance Assurance, said. "Companies need to take the necessary precautions to
make sure fuel is transported safely and responsibly. This settlement puts in
place important pipeline safety and spill prevention measures that make this
industry safer for communities."
to the EPA, approximately
5,177 barrels of petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, spilled from the
company’s pipelines in separate incidents in Texas City, Texas, Nemaha, Nebraska and El Dorado, Kansas. In
order to settle the allegations, Magellan will pay roughly $16 million in
injunctive relief and $2 million in civil penalties.
“This settlement holds Magellan accountable for multiple petroleum fuel
pipeline spills that impacted waterways in three states,” John C. Cruden,
assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural
Resources Division, said. “The terms of the agreement require Magellan to improve
training of its staff and monitoring of its pipeline system’s integrity and
increase public transparency about leaks and responses.”