Petrol giant Caltex will be forced to fork out $120,000 for four environmental projects 12 months after a storm carried oil from its now decommissioned Kurnell Refinery into Botany Bay.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has ordered the fuel company pay up over the environmental license breach, in which an estimated 200 to 400 litres of oily material slid from Yena Gap into the bay, after a storm on March 24 last year.

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At the time, the oil slick caused outrage among the southeast’s recreational angling community, who documented the substance washing up and down the popular fishing coastline.

Just eight months earlier Caltex faced another EPA investigation for a 170,000 litre uncontrolled fuel spill at Port Botany’s Banksmeadow Terminal. The company was later fined $2 million.

South Sydney Amateur Fishing association president Stan Konstantaras said he is disappoin

South Sydney Amateur Fishing association president Stan Konstantaras said he is disappointed with the EPA’s decision.

But South Sydney Amateur Fishing association president Stan Konstantaras, who was present to watch the clean-up unfold, said the angling community were “angry and disappointed” with the EPA’s decision for the bay incident.

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“I’m at a loss how that helps the bay itself, it was an oil spill,” Mr Konstantaras said.

“We’ve been working closely with the EPA for the last year, and we were under the impression that recreational fishing community would get some funds.

“The outcome is a slap in the face to us, but I’m not going to begrudge anyone else from benefiting from the (payment).”

A time stamped photograph of oil wash-up on a Botany Bay beach after the spill. Picture:

A time stamped photograph of oil wash-up on a Botany Bay beach after the spill. Picture: Stan Konstantaras.

He questioned why the EPA allowed Caltex to self-report on the incident.

An EPA spokeswoman said the body took all licence breaches seriously, would maintain a “strong regulatory approach” with the company and investigate any more reported breaches that should occur.

She said the legally binding enforceable undertaking was to “redress any environmental harm and obtain a good and lasting benefit for the environment”.

In a statement Caltex issued an apology to the community for the spill.

Botany Bay is a popular spot for anglers.

Botany Bay is a popular spot for anglers.

Spokesman Sam Collyer said the refinery’s closure, in October last year, had “reduced the opportunity for this to happen again”.

The facility is now a fuel storage terminal.

A marine education program run by the National Parks and Wildlife Service will receive $5000, while $50,000 will go to Randwick Council for a similar program.

Meanwhile a habit restoration program for the Congwong Precinct will receive $35,000 and $50,000 for the Sutherland Shire Council’s Marton Park wetland rehabilitation project.

Caltex will have until April 16 to provide funding to each group.

Extracted in full from the Daily Telegraph.

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