Kinder Morgan Pays Risk Mgt Fine

Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 05:09 PM gHale

Kinder Morgan Upstream LLC will pay $316,000 for violating risk management plan provisions at its natural gas plants in Casper and Douglas, WY.

The company agreed to establish new operating procedures, improve equipment maintenance, and perform tests to reduce the possibility of accidental releases of hazardous chemicals at both facilities, said officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Kinder Morgan said it has taken all necessary corrective actions to address the 2011 EPA violations it received to ensure such issues don’t occur again.

The Clean Air Act requires facilities with hazardous and flammable substances above certain thresholds to develop risk management plans. EPA inspectors say Kinder Morgan hadn’t adequately implemented those regulations at the Casper and Douglas plants.

Kinder Morgan is the largest midstream and the third largest energy company (based on combined enterprise value) in North America. The company owns an interest in or operates 75,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals.

Their pipelines transport natural gas, refined petroleum products, crude oil, carbon dioxide (CO2) and more. The company also stores or handles products and materials at its terminals such as gasoline, jet fuel, ethanol, coal, petroleum coke and steel.



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