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    Valero Energy, Plains All American top list of companies fined for toxic releases in Oklahoma

    Documents obtained from the US EPA website show Plains All American and Valero Energy are among the top three companies issued federal penalties for environmental violations in the state of Oklahoma.  Plains All American and Valero are partners in the Diamond Pipeline which is currently under construction in eastern Oklahoma. The proposed pipeline route runs from Cushing to West Memphis, crossing several Oklahoma tribal nations and unmarked, sacred burial sites along the Trail of Tears.

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    In 2005, Valero was hit with more than $2 million in federal penalties for toxic emissions in a string of violations of the US Clean Air Act. Valero’s Ardmore refinery was also cited in the penalty.

    According to EPA records, Valero also failed to accurately report Benzene emission levels while also exceeding various emissions limits on 19 of its existing permits.

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    In 2010, Plains All American Pipeline received a $3 million federal penalty for its series of recurring leaks and spills from a crude oil pipeline operating between Texas and Oklahoma. EPA’s enforcement actions included penalties for violations of the Clean Water Act. The ongoing releases at Plains All American’s facilities in the Hulah Wildlife Management Area are located within the jurisdiction of the Osage Nation Indian Reservation.

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