QEP to Pay US$4 Million for Compressor Leaks
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said QEP Field Services Co. has agreed to pay US$4 million to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations at five natural gas compressor stations on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Northeastern Utah, U.S.A.
Formerly known as Questar Gas Management Co., QEP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of QEP Resources Inc. of Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. It provides midstream field services such as natural gas gathering, compression, dehydration and processing for gas producers.
If a federal court approves the proposed settlement, QEP Field Services will pay a US$3.65 million civil fine and US$350,000 into a Clean Air Trust Fund to be established by tribal interveners.
It also must eliminate yearly emissions of 210 tons (191 tonnes) of NOx, 219 tons (199 tonnes) of CO, 17 tons (15.4 tonnes) of hazardous air pollutants and 166 tons (151 tonnes) of volatile organic compounds through the installation of additional equipment and pollution controls.
For more information: www.epa.gov