Gas Plant Fined $1 Million for Clean Air Act Violations

July 10, 2024
Suit claimed Enterprise’s Meeker Gas Plant in Colorado violated leak detection and repair requirements in accordance with the Clean Air Act and state clean air laws.
The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Colorado recently settled reported state and federal clean air law violations with the Meeker Gas Plant in Colorado. The plant is jointly owned and operated by Enterprise Gas Processing, LLC, and Enterprise Products Operating, LLC. 
 
A complaint filed concurrently with the settlement alleges that Enterprise violated leak detection and repair requirements in accordance with the Clean Air Act and state clean air laws. The violations resulted in excess emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other pollutants to the atmosphere.
 
The agreement includes a $1-million civil penalty, and the company is required to strengthen its leak detection and repair practices, including: 
 
  • installing equipment that leaks less pollution to the atmosphere, 
  • reviewing compliance with leak detection and repair requirements and 
  • repairing leaking equipment faster.
 
Enterprise will also improve staff training and use optical gas imaging technology to improve the visual detection of leaks to address them more quickly.

 

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