Tag: Oil Spill

Back to Basics: Oil Spills

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine oil spills and OSHA’s recommendations for preparedness. Oil spill emergencies pose great threats to both the safety of workers and the environment. According to OSHA, employers are responsible for protecting workers […]

EPA Enters Keystone Pipeline Kansas Spill Cleanup Agreement

On January 9, 2023, the EPA announced it entered into an agreement with TC Oil Pipeline Operations Inc., whose parent company is TC Energy, to clean up the oil discharge that occurred December 7, 2022, in Washington County, Kansas, resulting from a rupture in a section of the Keystone Pipeline. The EPA reports an estimated […]

Oil Spill Training Changes—Are You PREPared?

Facilities that are required to develop a Facility Response Plan (FRP) must include a facility response training program with drills and a testing program, and document the program in the FRP. Draft PREP Changes The requirement to develop and implement a program of response drills and exercises, including evaluation procedures, can be met by implementing […]

Oil Spill Settlement

Record of Noncompliance with CWA Ends in Hefty Penalty for Oil Company In April 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) performed an inspection at an oil storage facility in Ingleside, Texas, that included review of the facility’s physical condition, the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan and its Facility Response Plan (FRP). Following the […]

Part 109 Rules for Oil Spill Response Resources

In addition to the personnel requirements we reviewed yesterday, Part 109 also defines how facilities that do not have a Facility Response Plan (FRP) in place and that have made the determination that required secondary containment is impracticable,  should both have and be prepared to obtain necessary spill response equipment. In general, according to the […]

$25,000 for Failing to Report Oil Spill

MassDEP received a telephone report from an environmental cleanup contractor on behalf of the building owner that a release estimated to be 260 gal of diesel fuel had occurred 6 days earlier during the transfer of oil from a basement tank to a rooftop generator when a pump had failed to cycle off. The oil […]