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Coffeyville refinery to pay more than $2 million for oil spill during 2007 flood

Four years after a large flood and oil spill devastated parts of Coffeyville, what used to be a residential part of the town is now empty lots. (Sept. 22, 2011)
Four years after a large flood and oil spill devastated parts of Coffeyville, what used to be a residential part of the town is now empty lots. (Sept. 22, 2011) The Wichita Eagle

A refinery in Coffeyville has agreed to pay more than $2 million for allowing 2,145 barrels of crude oil and fuel to flow into the Verdigris River during a 2007 flood.

Coffeyville Resources Refining and Marketing will pay a $556,244 civil penalty for violating the Clean Water Act on July 1, 2007, according to a news release from the Environmental Protection Agency. It also will pay $1.7 million to reimburse the federal government for its emergency response to contain the oil that spilled into the river. The oily floodwater also coated a surrounding residential neighborhood. The company also has agreed to train its employees on ways to property shut down the refinery in the event of a flood.

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