Osage County Oil-Related Businesses Fined By The EPA

Tuesday, August 4th 2009, 2:03 pm
By: News On 6


BARTLESVILLE, OK -- The Environmental Protection Agency has fined two Osage County oil production facilities $1,900 for violating federal Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure regulations outlined under the federal Clean Water Act.

In a news release from the EPA, a federal inspection of the Velma Chinn Lease Battery and Larry Chinn Tank Battery, both located at U.S. Highway 60 and County Road 3880 west of Bartlesville revealed neither facility had adequate procedures or information in their plans to report an oil spill or adequate discussion of spill prevention procedures.

The inspection on April 6 also found site personnel had no training on the operation and maintenance of equipment to prevent discharges, no training on discharge procedure protocols, and no training on pollution control laws, rules and regulations.

The EPA says as part of an agreement, the two facilities have certified that all identified deficiencies have been corrected.