Environmental Protection

Agency Fines Oakland Petroleum for SPCC Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined Oakland Petroleum Operating Company, Inc. $1,300 for violating federal Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act.

A federal inspection of an oil production facility located on Highway 99 and Turkey Creek Road, Bowring, Osage County, Okla. on April 6, found the facility’s field drainage system, oil traps, sumps, and skimmers were not regularly inspected and oil not properly removed, according to the agency's press release.

The inspection also revealed excessive vegetation that affects the integrity and/or walls of containment systems were slightly eroded and had low areas. Visual inspection of containers, foundation, and supports were not conducted periodically for deterioration and maintenance needs. Aboveground valves and pipelines as well as brine and saltwater disposal facilities were not examined periodically for general condition.

As part of an Expedited Settlement Agreement with EPA, the facility has provided certification that all identified deficiencies have been corrected.

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