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DEQ Fine

Posted on 28th March 2014 at 16:42

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is proposing a fine of more than $117,000 for the operator of an oil handling terminal at Port Westward, claiming that the operators of the facility are moving far more oil than their permit allows. The Oregonian reports on the penalty being proposed against Massachusetts-base Global Partners LP. It’s claimed that they are moving far more oil than is allowed under the current permit, which is capped at 50 million gallons per year. Records show that more than 300 million gallons crossed the docks at the old Columbia-Pacific Bio-Refinery, the ethanol plant that is being repurposed. DEQ could have fined Global Partners up to $25,000 per day, but this fine equates to $4,500 per week of violation. Company attorneys say they plan to fight the fine, while also continuing to pursue a permit that would allow even more oil to move through the facility.