Houston Company to Pay Millions over Pollution

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Houston-based oil and gas distribution company has agreed to pay a nearly three million dollar civil penalty in a pollution investigation.

The Justice Department says the allegations involved discharge of jet fuel, gasoline and crude oil into waterways in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

TE Products Pipeline and TEPPCO Crude Pipeline, together known as TEPPCO, also agreed to make $2.6 million in improvements to its pipeline systems.

A complaint and a consent decree were filed in federal court in Texas, subject to a 30-day public comment period and approval by a judge.

The complaint says TEPPCO discharged about 500 barrels of unleaded gasoline into a tributary of Moro Creek, which flows into the Ouachita River in Arkansas.

The company was accused of other discharges at two sites in Texas and one in Oklahoma.