Helis Site Fails EPA Inspection in 2013

Failing EPA Report

Helis’ Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) plan failed in several areas.

In an early post, we reported that our proposed “Fracking Guest” claimed to have a spotless safety record, but in reality had a serious 2001 well failure Blowout, Injuries, & Fatality, Brazos Block 417, OCS-G 22190, Well 1 that resulted in a well blowout, environmental contamination, injuries, and a fatality.

So perhaps the proposed “Fracking Guest” learned from this failure and improved their practices? Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case as outlined in the following February 27th, 2013 EPA REPORT that shows Helis’ Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) plan failed in the following areas:


FAILED – “Brittle fracture evaluation of field-constructed aboveground containers…that might affect the risk of a discharge.”
FAILED – “Facility failed to discuss in plan suitable corrosion protection for containers. Specifically…corrosion protection for piping.”
FAILED – “Plan…to conduct testing and inspection of pollution prevention equipment and systems. Additionally…failed to…plan and conduct simulated discharges used for testing and inspecting human and equipment pollution control and countermeasure systems.”
FAILED – “…to discuss in plan adequate protection of…piping against environmental stresses.”
FAILED – “…failed to conduct periodic inspection or tests…on sub-marine piping…for failure.”
FAILED – “…to implement its SPCC plan…to prevent an oil spill.”

A Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) plan is a plan created by the company “establishing procedures, methods, and equipment and other requirements for equipment to prevent discharges of oil from onshore or offshore vessels and from onshore or offshore facilities, and to contain such discharges.”