January 30, 2019
Sunoco Pipeline L.P.
will pay the United States $5 million
and pay Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) $436,274
to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and state environmental laws by Sunoco and Mid-Valley Pipeline Company
stemming from three crude oil spills in 2013, 2014, and 2015, in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Additionally, Sunoco agreed to take actions to prevent future spills by identifying and remediating the types of problems that caused the prior spills. This includes performing pipeline inspections and repairing pipeline defects that could lead to future spills. Sunoco is also required to take steps to prevent and detect corrosion in pipeline segments that Sunoco is no longer using. Mid-Valley, the owner of the pipeline that spilled oil in Louisiana, is responsible, along with Sunoco, for payment of the civil penalties and state costs relating to the Louisiana spill. DOJ