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UPDATE: EPA directs Viva Energy to undertake preventative measures at Gore Bay

Media release: 1 February 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has directed Viva Energy Australia to undertake a number of measures within the next six weeks to clean up a marine fuel oil spill at their Gore Bay Terminal in Greenwich from late December and prevent the recurrence of another oil leak at the site.

The EPA has issued a prevention notice which specifies actions Viva must take to rectify the certain practices.

By 3 February, Viva must:

 

  • Apply a suitable sealant or other control measure to the upper secondary containment surfaces between and near Wharf 1 and Wharf 2 to ensure any leaks and spills of petroleum products are contained.

 

By 1 March, Viva must:

 

  • Implement a system to regularly test and inspect secondary containment.
  • Inspect, test and conduct any required maintenance on pipes that transfer petroleum products outside bunded tank farms.

 

The maximum penalty applicable for a corporation not complying with such a notice is $1,000,000 and a further $120,000 for each day the offence continues.

On 30 December 2016, a spill of an unknown quantity of marine fuel oil occurred from a faulty pipe at the Gore Bay Terminal into Sydney Harbour. A clean-up operation commenced immediately and included installing booms, skimming the water and steam cleaning the foreshore and rocks.

The EPA’s investigation into potential breaches of pollution laws associated with the incident is ongoing.

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 01 February 2017