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  1. Magellan Pipeline settles federal charges from spills in 3 states

    Magellan Pipeline Co. LP settled federal charges that it violated the federal Clean Water Act in gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel spills in Texas City, Tex.; Nemaha, Neb.; and El Dorado, Kan., the US Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency jointly announced. The Tulsa midstream company formerly known as Williams Pipe Line Co. LLC agreed to complete about $16 million of injunctive relief across its 11,000-mile pipeline system and pay a $2 million civil penalty, DOJ and EPA said. It now is a Magellan Midstream Partners LP subsidiary. A complaint and consent decree filed on Jan. 19 in US District Court for Northern Oklahoma held Magellan Pipeline responsible for spilling a combined total of 5,177 bbl of petroleum products in three separate incidents: • On Feb. 24, 2011, a Magellan-owned 18-in. products pipeline ruptured north of Texas City and leaked 482 bbl of gasoline that affected a local watercourse, Pierre Bayou. • On Dec. 10, 2011, two Magellan refined products pipelines were struck by a third-party that was operating heavy machinery while attempting to clear a hedgerow in an agricultural field near Nemaha. About 650 bbl of diesel fuel leaked from one line, and 655 bbl of jet fuel and 1,529 bbl of gasoline leaked from the other, affecting a watercourse known as Jarvis Creek. Cleanup is still under way and will be completed as part of the proposed consent decree, DOJ and EPA said. • On May 4, 2015, a Magellan-owned 10-in. products pipeline ruptured near El Dorado and spilled 1,861 bbl of diesel fuel, some of which affected a local watercourse known as Constant Creek. DOJ and EPA said the consent decree, which is subject to a 30-day comment period and federal court approval, requires Magellan Pipeline to: • Complete an ongoing spill cleanup effort in Nebraska. • Institute an enhanced annual training program for its third-party damage prevention staff. • Update and enhance company information resources concerning selective seam corrosion. • Update its integrity management plan. • Create a publicly accessible web site that will report information about certain types of pipeline releases and Magellan Pipeline’s responses to them. Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com .

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    Tue, 24 Jan 2017

  2. Duke Energy Settles Lawsuit Involving Osprey Acquisition

    at the time. As part of the settlement, Duke admitted no wrongdoing or liability, but agreed to pay a $600,000 civil penalty to finalize the case and avoid costs associated with continued litigation. The settlement is subject to approval by

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  3. Coal News: Settlement approved for coal mines owned by governor-elect

    A federal judge has approved a settlement requiring pollution reductions and a $900,000 civil penalty by Appalachian coal mines owned by West Virginia Governor-elect Jim Justice.

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    Sat, 17 Dec 2016

  4. ONRR to update civil penalty regulations for first time since 1999

    The US Office of Natural Resources Revenue will update its civil penalties on Aug. 1 for the first time since May 1999, the US Department of the Interior agency reported. Legislation, legal decisions, and recommendations from oversight entities drove the need to modernize and improve its civil ...

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    Fri, 29 Jul 2016

  1. Interior slaps BP with $5.2MM civil penalty for false reporting on tribal lands in Colorado

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    Wed, 30 Jun 2010

  2. Office of Natural Resources collets $1.1MM civil penalty from Chevron

    The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue has collected a $1.1 million civil penalty from Chevron for improperly claiming transportation deductions on certain leases it holds in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Wed, 20 Jul 2011

  3. Oil and Gas: Slawson Exploration to resolve ND air pollution claims

    Slawson Exploration Company Inc. has agreed to settle alleged Clean Air Act violations stemming from the company's oil and gas production activities in North Dakota including on an American Indian reservation, federal officials said Thursday.

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    Sat, 3 Dec 2016

  4. NRC proposes civil penalty for CB&I Shaw, cites poor safety culture

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a notice of violation and proposed a civil penalty against Chicago Bridge & Iron. CB&I completed a takeover of the Shaw Group of companies in February. These separate actions stem from complaints filed with the NRC before the takeover was effective.

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    Fri, 19 Apr 2013

  5. Oil and gas: ONRR issues civil penalty to Chesapeake over royalty reports

    The Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue announced it has assessed Chesapeake Energy Company a $428,400 civil penalty for “knowing or willful submission” of inaccurate royalty reports.

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    Wed, 26 Feb 2014

  6. Consol Energy to pay $5.5MM civil penalty , invest $200MM in upgrades for coal mines

    Consol Energy has agreed to pay a $5.5 million civil penalty for Clean Water Act violations at six of its coal mines in West Virginia and spend an estimated $200 million in pollution controls that will reduce discharges of harmful mining wastewater.

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    Mon, 14 Mar 2011

  7. Utilitiy Companies: NY: Utilities can't charge termination fees after death

    Phone, cable and utility companies in New York may no longer charge early termination fees when service has been discontinued due to the death of a customer.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  8. Oil and Gas: SEC: Weatherford International oil firm to pay $140M fine

    Oilfield-services company Weatherford International PLC has agreed to pay a $140 million fine to settle government claims that it used fraudulent tax accounting to inflate its earnings.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

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