The EPA and Department of Justice announced this week that the ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has agreed to pay a $1.4 million penalty for violations of the Clean Water Act in connection with an oil spill 20 miles west of Baton Rouge near Torbert, Louisiana in 2012. The government alleged that the spill discharged approximately 2,800 barrels of crude oil, according to the Complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.
The $1.4 million penalty is in addition to costs incurred by ExxonMobil for clean up and replacement of the ruptured pipeline. The spill contaminated the soil in the area and flowed into an unnamed stream connected to Bayou Cholpe.
ExxonMobil has worked in corporation with the agencies to clean up the spill. The penalty will be deposited into the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which is managed by the National Pollution Fund Center. The Fund is used to pay for federal response activities and to compensate for damages from the discharge of oil or hazardous substances into waters of the United States.
For more information, contact Toni Ellington at 504-599-8500.