|Sun Oil fined $10,000|
|Thursday, 07 April 2011 12:16|
Sun Oil will have to pay a $10,000 fine for spilling more than 700 gallons of diesel fuel at its pump facility on South Dock in December, the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources has announced.
The spill was on land, but about 100 gallons of diesel went into the marine environment, DECR said. Most of the rest was absorbed into the soil.
After an inspection of the pump facility in November, DECR and fire and rescue officials expressed concerns over rusted pipes as a potential source of leakage and urged repairs.
Sun Oil said the spill occurred during repair work, and it took immediate action to clean-up the environment and fast-tracked repair and remedial work to the fuel pump station, DECR said.
The magistrate in considering the matter took into account the circumstances which led to the spill and the remedial actions which were undertaken by Sun Oil, and ordered a fine of $10,000 or six months imprisonment.
DECR Director Wesley Clerveaux said the case was one of the first made under recently revamped legislation that has better armed the department to deal with pollution cases.
Clerveaux said the DECR continues to review and monitor companies believed to pose potential environmental risks. He is advising companies to take a better look at what they are doing to ensure they are acting in the best interest of the environment.
The Coastal Protection ordinance 1992 states that “every person who places or deposits … any offensive substance on the coast, or who causes of allows any offensive substance to be deposited in the sea … shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to compensate the owner or owners of such coast for all damage done as a direct or indirect result of the offence and shall be further liable on summary conviction to a fine of $25,000 or to a term of imprisonment for two years.”
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