Mid-Valley Pipeline Company and pipeline operators Sunoco Pipeline LP and Sun Pipe Line Company will pay total fines of $2.87 for two oil spills in 2000 and 2005.
Mid-Valley and Sunoco have agreed to pay a $2.57 million penalty relating to a 260,000-gallon crude oil spill that polluted the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers in January 2005. The spill occurred as a result of a girth weld failure in 22-inch diameter pipe that had been laid in 1950. It created an oil slick of 17 miles. In addition to the penalty, the companies spent around $9.5 million to clean up the spill.
In a linked settlement, Mid-Valley and Sun Pipe Line will pay $300,000 for a 63,000-gallon crude oil spill due to pipeline corrosion, in November 2000, which polluted Campit Lake in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. The companies have already spent $2.2 million in response costs and restoration.