Oklahoma truck company faces spill lawsuit

| 9/24/2001

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed a lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Denver against an Oklahoma trucking company for spilling fuel and asphalt on separate occasions into Colorado streams. Both spills occurred when tanker trucks overturned as the result of traffic accidents.

The EPA is seeking more than $225,000 in penalties from Groendyke Transport Inc. of Enid for violating the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act, according to The Oklahoman newspaper. The penalties could amount to as much as $1 million if the spills were the result of gross negligence.

The first spill allegedly discharged about 8,700 gallons of gasoline into the South Platte River in Denver. The second spill allegedly discharged 119 barrels of hot asphalt into a creek that serves as a water supply for nearby Golden, CO.