Refinery to Pay for Spill

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Environmental regulators say a southeast Kansas refinery operator has agreed to pay more than $2.3 million in penalties and cleanup costs for an oil spill during the 2007 flood in Coffeyville.

The Environmental Protection agency said Tuesday that figure includes a civil penalty of $556,244 to settle violations of the Clean Water Act at the facility operated by Coffeyville Resources Refining Marketing. Most of the money goes to reimburse the federal response costs associated with the cleanup of the Verdigris River after the flood.

Coffeyville Resources spilled about 2,145 barrels of crude oil, diesel fuel and oil water during the flood.

Karl Brooks, EPA Region 7 Administrator, says in a news release the settlement also requires the company to upgrade its facility to protect people’s health and the environment.