• Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • 2010-01997
  • May 12 2014 (Date Decided)
  • Schain, Hearing Officer

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection can require a current property owner to contribute to clean-up costs for an oil spill. Petroleum leaked from an oil and water separator in Bristol, Conn. in April 2010. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spent $101,902 to pay for the clean up, plus $10,190 on administrative costs in connection with the spill. In December 2013, the department informed the current property owner, E-Square Investments, it intended to file a lien on E-Square’s property. E-Square requested a hearing, and the parties engaged in settlement conferences in person, via phone and via electronic mail. The parties agreed to settle the department’s claims for clean-up costs. E-Square waived its right to a hearing on a reduction or discharge of the lien and agreed to contribute $40,000, which will constitute full satisfaction of the debt. Hearing Officer Brendan Schain approved the settlement and ordered the parties to comply with the department’s order. Attorneys Anthony Palermino and Joseph Marino represented E-Square Investments LLC of Portland, Conn. Melinda Decker represented the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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