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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Talisman Energy to pay $62,000 penalty for violations at 52 natural gas facilities in Pa.

Talisman Energy to pay $62,000 penalty for violations at 52 natural gas facilities in Pa.

PHILADELPHIA (July 25, 2012) -- Talisman Energy USA Inc. will pay a $62,457 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous chemical reporting requirements at 52 hydraulic fracturing facilities throughout Pennsylvania that include natural gas well sites and compressor stations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. Talisman discovered the violations and self-disclosed them to the EPA.

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requires companies that store specified amounts of hazardous chemicals to submit material safety data and lists of chemicals on site with state and local emergency response agencies and the local fire departments. The safety data describes health risks associated with the chemicals and safe handling instructions. The lists of chemicals set forth the types and quantities of chemicals present on site.

Compliance with these requirements is important for the health and safety of facility occupants and first responders in the event of discharge or accidental exposure to hazardous chemicals. The required information also provides valuable information to emergency planners.

The settlement reflects Talisman’s good faith cooperation with EPA, and its compliance efforts in self-disclosing and swiftly correcting the violations. As part of the settlement, the company neither admitted nor denied the alleged violations.

In a consent agreement with EPA, the company has agreed to pay the $62,457 penalty for failing to file required chemical information for one or more of the past three years at each of the facilities included in the settlement.

For more information on EPCRA and EPA’s toxic chemical reporting program, visit http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/epcra/index.htm .

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

Wow...$62,000...that sends a message. What a joke...

Anonymous said...

Say it aint so...

Anonymous said...

It was for non filed paperwork. Big deal... The govt LOVES paperwork.

Anonymous said...

where does the money go?? They fine them so where does it go?

Anonymous said...

a little slap on the wrist...bad boys must pay up. Good question - what happens to the money?

Anonymous said...

This is like me paying a 2 cent fine for dumping all my motor oil in my front yard.

Which I might as well start doing.

They put much much worse in our ground by the millions of gallons.

"The settlement reflects Talisman’s good faith cooperation with EPA, and its compliance efforts in self-disclosing and swiftly correcting the violations. As part of the settlement, the company neither admitted nor denied the alleged violations."

whoa there, let me get my shovel it's getting DEEP!

I wonder how our good Governor feels about this? He loves the outdoors so much and wants to protect our environment right?

lol, He probably thinks the fine is too steep.