EPA fines Oklahoma producer, well service firm for water law infractions

An Oklahoma oil producer and a well service company will pay minor fines for violating federal clean water laws, the US Environmental Protection Agency said on March 11.

An Oklahoma oil producer and a well service company will pay minor fines for violating federal clean water laws, the US Environmental Protection Agency said on March 11.

It said that Lazy J Oil Co. was fined $2,100 and Nub's Well Service County was fined $600 for violating the Clean Water Act's spill prevention, control and countermeasure (SPCC) provisions in separate cases.

EPA's Dallas office said that a federal inspection of a Lazy J oil production site in Kellyville Creek County, Okla., on Dec. 28 revealed that the facility did not have an SPCC plan, and that employees working there had no training on general facility operations, on operating and maintaining equipment to prevent discharges, on discharge procedure protocols and on applicable pollution control laws, rules regulations and regulations.

The inspection also found containers, foundation and supports were not periodically inspected for deterioration and other maintenance needs, and that above ground valves and pipelines were not examined periodically to assure they were in good condition, the federal environmental regulator said.

It said that in the case involving Nub's Well Service, a Dec. 16 federal inspection found that inspections and tests required by SPCC regulations were not in accordance with the written procedures developed for the company's oil production facility south of Fox, Okla.

The inspection also found that the field drainage system, oil traps, sumps and skimmers were not regularly inspected and oil not promptly removed, and visual inspection of containers, foundation and supports were not conducted periodically for deterioration and other maintenance needs, according to EPA.

Lazy J and Nub's Well Service each provided certification that all identified deficiencies were corrected as part of their expedited settlement agreements, it indicated.

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