For Immediate Release
March 15, 2013
Evan J. Mulholland, Assistant Attorney General
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Commissioner Thomas S. Burack of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services ("DES") announce that the Rockingham County Superior Court (McHugh, J.) has approved a settlement between the State and Sprague Operating Resources LLC ("Sprague") relating to Sprague's June 16, 2011 release of No. 6 fuel oil at its River Road terminal in Newington, New Hampshire. The State had also alleged that Sprague failed to comply with several state rules regarding inspection and maintenance of aboveground petroleum storage tank systems.
During the late evening hours of June 16, 2011, a small leak developed on a No. 6 fuel oil pipeline above the bank of the Piscataqua River. Approximately 168 gallons of oil was released before Sprague employees were notified and stopped the leak. The leak was due, in part, to corrosion on a section of half-inch steel expansion relief piping, which has since been replaced. Due to prompt action by Sprague and State and Federal authorities, the spill was largely contained and cleaned up.
As part of the settlement agreement, Sprague will pay $30,000 in civil penalties and will reimburse the State for its response costs in the amount of $11,615. Sprague already remedied the source of the leak and performed appropriate spill response. In addition, the settlement requires Sprague to replace and/or upgrade and coat most of the No. 6 fuel oil pipeline at the River Road terminal to prevent the possibility of future leaks from similar systems.
Copies of the settlement agreement between the State and Sprague are available upon request.
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