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Magellan Pipeline Settles Violations Related To Fuel Spills in Three States

Magellan Pipeline Company has reached an $18-million agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settling alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to pipeline spills of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel in Texas City, Texas; Nemaha, Nebraska; and El Dorado, Kansas. Under the agreement, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Magellan will spend $16 million on improving training for its staff and monitoring the integrity of its 11,000 miles of pipeline. A public transparency measure also requires the company to report information about certain types of pipeline releases and its responses to them. The other $2 ... Read More

Mitsubishi Admits To Cheating On Fuel Economy For 25 Years

Days after admitting it manipulated mileage test data on hundreds of thousands of cars it made in the last three years, Mitsubishi made a stunning announcement Tuesday that it has been overstating fuel economy in millions of its vehicles made and sold over the last 25 years. The scope of Mitsubishi’s fuel-economy scandal is so massive that company officials said they don’t know yet just how many cars and trucks with overstated mileage it has sold over the past quarter century. The problem also potentially affects millions of Nissan vehicles made by Mitsubishi in a joint venture. In fact, Nissan ... Read More

NC oil recycler agrees to pay $19 million for toxic waste contamination

WILMINGTON, N.C. – A Wilmington man who has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Toxic Substances Act, making false statements, and failing to pay several years of taxes, has been ordered to pay $19 million in restitution, the U.S. Justice Department announced. Benjamin Franklin Pass, 60, and his Leland, N.C.-based business P&W Waste Oil Services, Inc., admitted to unlawful dumping of waste oil containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other toxic substances that resulted in widespread contamination of land adjoining the Cape Fear River and a federally recognized, ecologically sensitive wetland. Pass, whose property held multiple tanks ranging from 20,000 gallons ... Read More

Fuel barges explode “like bombs” on Mobile River, three critically injured

MOBILE, Ala. – A series of fiery explosions rocked the Mobile area Wednesday night after two barges laden with natural gas caught fire in the Mobile River, injuring three people. U.S. Coast Guard crews and firefighters from the Mobile fire department responded to the scene after two explosions were seen and heard throughout the area. A third explosion occurred as crews were making their way to the barges, and a fourth blast erupted just before 10 p.m. Two more explosions were subsequently reported. Various news outlets reported there were no fatalities, but three people, identified as employees of Oil Recovery Co., ... Read More

Exxon Mobil must pay NH $236 million for widespread groundwater contamination

The longest state trial in New Hampshire history ended Tuesday with a jury verdict against Exxon Mobil Corp. for its role in polluting groundwater with MTBE, a gasoline additive. The jury ordered the oil giant to pay the state $236 million, the amount New Hampshire officials sought to clean up and monitor the groundwater contamination. According to the Associated Press, the jury returned its verdict in less than 90 minutes, after listening to nearly three months of testimony. Exxon Mobil began adding MTBE to its gasoline in the 1990s in order to reduce smog levels and meet federal Clean Air ... Read More

Ford issues urgent recall of some 2013 Ford Escape SUVs

In an extremely rare and unusual warning, Ford Motor Co. told owners of certain 2013 Ford Escape SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to stop driving their vehicles immediately due to the risk of a faulty fuel line creating an engine fire. The recall involves about 11,500 model-year 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines sold in the U.S. and Canada. Ford said that most of the new vehicles remain on dealership lots, while about 5,000 are being driven by consumers. According the car maker, a fuel line in the engine compartment is susceptible to splitting and leaking fuel, which ... Read More

Produce truck collides with fuel tanker in Idaho

A commercial truck hauling a load of beets collided with a fuel tanker Monday on U.S. Highway 30 near Twin Falls, Idaho. The crash released approximately 3,500 gallons of diesel and unleaded fuel onto the road and surrounding land, shutting the road to traffic as responders clamored to contain the gasoline. According to Idaho’s Times-News, the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police said Corey Slippey, 35, of Rupert, Idaho, was traveling west on Highway 30 in a 2002 Peterbilt tanker carrying the gasoline and diesel fuel. He stopped at a railroad crossing at the intersection of U.S. ... Read More

Economy, regulations create tough times for Florida gas stations

In the United States, Florida has some of the toughest state laws governing the ownership and maintenance of underground storage tanks. In just a few months, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will enforce its Dec. 31, 2009 deadline for all single-wall USTs and piping to be replaced with modern, double-wall tanks and pipes. Then, on Jan. 21, 2010, the agency’s deadline for replacing above-ground tanks without underlying spill containment systems arrives. The new regulations leave many Florida gas station owners worrying about the future of their businesses. The cost of replacing the tanks is extremely prohibitive, especially for the ... Read More