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Enterprise Fined $5,000 For Bull Creek Oil Spill

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Houston-based Enterprise Crude Pipeline $5,000 for spilling some 4,200 gallons of crude oil into a Texas tributary that feeds a major river.

The fine is roughly $1.19 for each gallon of oil that ended up in Bull Creek, which spills into the Colorado River near Austin. The Colorado is a major source of water for Texas, which is recovering from one of the worst droughts in its history.

The EPA reached an “expedited settlement” with Enterprise. It says the company “certified it has investigated the cause of the spill” and cleaned it up.

Enterprise was fined under the federal Clean Water Act. The company says it operates more than 5,200 miles of onshore crude oil pipelines.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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