May 31, 2005
TANK TRUCK DRIVER SENTENCED FOR FAILURE TO REPORT
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that
Robert Louis Simms, Jr., 39, of Brantwood Court in White
was convicted Friday, May 27, 2005 in the Circuit Court for Anne
Arundel County of failure to report an oil spill.
Simms was driving a tanker belonging to Eastern Petroleum Inc.
on February 10, 2005. While stopped in the first block of Defense
Street in Annapolis, a valve on the truck failed and approximately
30 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto a parking lot, according
to the statement in support of the plea. Simms immediately left
the scene and failed to notify State and local authorities as
required by law. A passerby spotted the diesel fuel and notified
preventing the significant environmental harm that the spilled
diesel would have caused. " We are all responsible for the
safety of our environment. When accidents and spills occur they
must be promptly reported, contained and cleaned-up,” said
Attorney General Curran.
The Honorable Joseph P. Manck of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel
County sentenced Simms to one year in jail and suspended the
jail sentence in favor of one year of supervised probation and
Simms to complete 100 hours of community work service. Additionally,
the Court imposed a $5,000 fine and suspended all but $1,000,
which is to be paid to the Maryland Oil Disaster Fund.
The maximum sentence for failure to report an oil spill is up
to one year in jail and/or a fine up to $50,000. The conviction
a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental Crimes Unit
of the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland State
Police with the assistance of the Maryland Department of the
Emergency Response Division.