Environment
6:39 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Coffeyville Refinery To Pay $2M In Penalties

Flooding at the Coffeyville refinery in 2007.
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An oil refinery in southeast Kansas has agreed to pay federal penalties totaling more than $2 million as the result of a 2007 oil spill.

The spill took place during a flood in 2007. According to the EPA, the refinery operated by Coffeyville Resources Refining and Marketing discharged more than 2,000 barrels of crude oil, diesel fuel, and oil water into the Verdigris River.

The company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of more than $500,000. In addition, they will pay more than $1.7 million to reimburse the federal government for costs involved in cleaning up the spill.

The settlement requires the company to make upgrades to the refinery to reduce the risk of future spills. That includes implementation of a wet weather plan, and training employees to properly shut down the refinery in the event of a future flood.