Jaco Oil to pay out $400,000

A Bakersfield-based gasoline marketer has agreed to pay $400,000 for monitoring and testing violations at 14 underground storage tank facilities, including in San Luis Obispo County.

The violations involved facilities in Kern and Merced counties also.

According to the state Water Resources Control Board, the company, Jaco Oil, did not properly monitor, test and construct underground tanks at its facilities for the past several years.

Jaco is one of the largest independent gas marketers in the West, said the water board in a news release.

Jaco owns or operates 100 diesel and gas service stations in California. As such, the firm is required to monitor, test and maintain fuel stations to prevent the release of hazardous materials.

“Our goal is the protection of water quality, and the tank laws must be followed in order to prevent releases of hazardous substances to the environment,” said Cris Carrigan, director of the water board’s Office of Enforcement.

Under the settlement, Jaco will pay $325,000 in civil penalties and $75,000 for investigative and enforcement costs.

Helping the state investigation was San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Services.