U.S. Liquids plant on Bateman Island fined
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently fined US Liquids of Louisiana LP of Jennings $13,552 for violating Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations outlined under the Clean Water Act.
The company is a subsidiary of R360 Environmental Solutions, based in Houston, and collects and treats produced water, oil- and water-based drilling fluids, and other wastes from oil and gas exploration and production projects.
According to an EPA release, federal inspection of the company’s Bateman Island marine terminal in St. Mary Parish revealed the terminal’s SPCC plan failed to provide a prediction of equipment failures that could result in discharges; personnel working at the facility had no training on the operation and maintenance of equipment to prevent discharges; and facility inspections had not been conducted.
The company also failed to schedule periodic spill prevention briefings, address secondary containment of truck loading, unloading and transfer areas, and to regularly inspect above-ground valves, piping and joints.
SPCC regulations require onshore production or bulk storage facilities to provide oil spill prevention, preparedness and response to prevent oil discharges. The SPCC program helps protect U.S. water quality, as a spill of only one gallon of oil can contaminate one million gallons of water.