Wednesday, May 23, 2012

OMV Petrom in Romania Fined for Oil Spill in Cotmeana River

OMV Petrom SA (SNP), Romania’s biggest oil company, said a broken pipe caused an oil spill in the Cotmeana river in Arges county, 150 kilometers (93 miles) northwest of Bucharest, according to an e-mailed statement today.

The Bucharest-based company said 500 liters (132 gallons) of crude oil was accidentally spilled and it plans to clean it up today.

“The incident was immediately reported to environmental authorities and the first measures were taken to limit the pollution and to remove its effects,” the company said.

Petrom was fined 100,000 lei ($28,600) for the spill by the country’s environmental watchdog. The Environment Ministry asked for a review of the oil fields and the pipeline network to avoid such accidents in the future, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement today.

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