Oil companies hit with $3 Million fine
March 14, 2017
• Underground fuel storage tank violations cited
• “This order held accountable those who would jeopardize our health and water supply”
Golden Gate Petroleum, Bay Area/Diablo Petroleum Company, Dennis O’Keefe, and Westgate Petroleum Company Inc., the owners and operators of underground storage tank systems at retail gasoline stations in several counties in Northern California, have been ordered to pay a $3 million civil penalty for underground fuel storage tank violations, according to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
The defendants had been sued in 2007 for violations of environmental protection laws at their retail service stations. Those violations included failing to comply with requirements related to monitoring, inspection, and maintenance of underground storage tanks and underground storage tank systems; tampering with or disabling leak detection devices; and improperly handling hazardous wastes and hazardous substances.
The action was settled in 2011, and they were ordered to pay $3 million in penalties and costs and to comply with specific environmental protection requirements. The Contra Costa Superior Court suspended an additional $3 million in penalties if the they complied with those requirements.
But they didn’t, the state says, resulting in the additional payment.
“I am pleased that this order held accountable those who would jeopardize our health and water supply,” says Mr. Becerra. “It should send a message to all environmental offenders that we are serious about protecting Californians and our environment.”