QEP Field Services Co., a gas processing company, has reached a settlement with the government over allegations that it failed to control hazardous air pollution at five facilities in the Uinta Basin. As part of the agreement, the QEP will pay a $3.6 million civil fine, and pay $350,000 to a tribal trust fund.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah filed a lawsuit against QEP Field Service in 2008, alleging the company failed to control hazardous emissions, violating the Clean Air Act. The five facilities are located in the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation, about 150 miles east of Salt Lake City, Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
The Ute Indian Tribe will create a non-profit corporation called the Tribal Clean Air Trust Fund, which will use the money from the settlement for “beneficial environmental projects which will reduce, and screen for air pollution emissions,” court documents say.
The settlement gives QEP two months to permanently close a station located in River Ben, and modify or remove specific equipment at the other four facilities. Going forward, QEP will install sensors and conduct hazardous emissions tests to prevent further Clean Air Act violations.