Gasco Energy Inc. has agreed to pay $350,000 and provide for air pollution controls at its facilities in the Uinta Basin to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act at a compressor station in Utah, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said. The company disclosed the violations voluntarily.
Gasco is the former operator of the Riverbend Compressor Station on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation near Vernal, UT, where it is alleged to have violated the Clean Air Act.
"Under this agreement, Gasco and its successors will make significant investments to reduce emissions from facilities throughout the Uinta Basin," said Jim Martin, EPA regional administrator in Denver.
According to a complaint filed with the settlement, Gasco allegedly violated several provisions of the Clean Air Act at the Riverbend facility, including emission standards for hazardous air pollutants, as well as federal permitting, emissions monitoring and reporting requirements.
As part of the agreement, emission controls on dehydrators, compressor engines and storage tanks will be installed at Riverbend. In addition, Gasco and its successors will install no-bleed or low-bleed pneumatic controls on gas compressors and wellheads at all operating facilities in the Uinta Basin.
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