A Georgia pipeline company will pay a $725,000 fine and spend $1.3 million on preventative measures for spills of jet fuel and gasoline in Mecklenburg County, Georgia and Virginia, authorities said today.
At least 4,000 gallons of gasoline leaked from a Plantation Pipe Line Co. line into Paw Creek, in northwestern Mecklenburg, in November 2006. Paw Creek flows into Lake Wylie, a drinking water source. The company blamed a failed valve for the spill.
A lawsuit filed against Plantation by the federal government cited that spill and three others involving leaks of jet fuel and gasoline in Hull, Ga., Alexandria, Va., and Newington, Va., dating to 2000. The leaks totaled more than 42,000 gallons, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
The Alpharetta, Ga., company agreed to pay the penalty and take preventative action to settle the suit, EPA said.
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Under the settlement, Plantation will pay $715,000 to the federal government's Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which pays for cleanups, and $10,000 to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.