ExxonMobil agrees to $2.3 million settlement

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - ExxonMobil will pay $2,329,000 to fund beneficial environmental projects and a spill countermeasures program and to pay civil penalties to DEQ under a settlement agreement finalized Jan. 9.

In December 2013, DEQ received concurrence from the Louisiana Attorney General Office’s on the terms and conditions of the agreement.

The AG’s office also approved DEQ responses to public comments, which were provided Dec. 13, 2012.

As part of the final settlement agreement, ExxonMobil will make a civil penalty payment of $300,000 to DEQ, fund BEPs totaling $1,029,000 and spend no less than $1 million dollars on Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures SPCC projects at its Baton Rouge Complex.

The agreement came after the agency issued a series of compliance orders and penalty notices dating back to 2008.

Among the violations for which the agency cited ExxonMobil were chemical releases and spills in addition to other operational violations.

The settlement addresses violations that occurred at the four of the company’s facilities including the refinery, the resin finishing plant and the chemical plant in East Baton Rouge Parish and at the tank farm facility in West Baton Rouge Parish.