Firm agrees to $2.3 million in penalties over Arkansas oil spill

A Tennessee energy company has agreed to pay $2.3 million in civil penalties to settle alleged violations over a 2013 oil spill in southwest Arkansas.

Delek Logistics Partners, headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee was accused of the violations from the spill that occurred at a storage and transfer station. An estimated 5,890 barrels of crude oil leaked on March 8, 2013 and polluted 3.5 miles of waterways.

The company will pay $1.7 million to the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and $550,000 to the state of Arkansas. Delek also agreed to test water and soil quality in the area and clean up areas showing “unacceptable” risk. It also will set aside extra spill response gear and equipment at the site and make sure workers are trained for spill responses.