At first blush, one would think that the $541,450 fine levied yesterday against Enterprise Products Operating LLC would freak out any cost-conscious CEO.
But then you realize the Houston-based company, whose refinery in Mont Belvieu incurred the fine for air quality violations this year, reported a 72 percent increase in income for the third quarter of this year. (That's $203 million for those keeping score.)
So maybe not.
Half the fine levied by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will go to the Houston-Galveston AERCO's Clean Cities/Clean Vehicles Program in Chambers County.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to the mission of the Houston Press. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Houston’s stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
Placing second in the list of pollution violators this week is an old standby, Houston Refining, LP of Harris County.
The company, a subsidiary of LyondellBassell, was fined $384,884 for 27 air and water violations from 2006-2008, which we suppose is why it was named the third-worst violator of clean air rules for 2007 by the Galveston-Houston Association for Smog Prevention.
Half of Houston Refining's fine will go to the Houston-Galveston AERCO's Clean Cities/Clean Vehicles Program of Harris County.
-- Steve Olafson