International Petroleum Corporation (IPC) provides used oil recycling services. The company operates recycling centers in Wilmington, Del.; Plant City, Fla.; and New Orleans, La. IPC collects, blends, and recycles petroleum products and petroleum contaminated water. International Petroleum Corp., formed in 1990, is based in Wilmington, Delaware.
The facility location was previously used as a petroleum distribution terminal for gasoline since 1976 by Shotmeyer Oil Corporation. IPC purchased the facility from Shotmeyer Oil Corporation in May 1991.
July 2006 Oil Spill
On the evening of Saturday, July 15, 2006, DNREC's Emergency Response Team (ERT) responded to the reported 2,100-gallon release of used oil into the Christina River from the US Filter/International Petroleum Company (IPC) facility in Wilmington. The release occurred during a tank-to-tank transfer. The US Coast Guard (USCG) and DNREC managed the initial response through July 18, when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took over from the USCG. EPA, along with DNREC’s Emergency Response Team managed the cleanup of the oil from the Christina River, from Newport to the mouth of the Brandywine Creek at the Delaware River. The City of Wilmington’s Emergency Management and Fire Departments also responded to the oil spill.
In January 2009, DNREC and IPC voluntarily entered into a consent decree that settled reimbursement for all natural resource damage (NRD) assessment costs for the spill. Under the Decree, IPC agreed to pay $194,011 to the state’s Hazardous Substance Cleanup Fund for restoration of natural resources damaged by the spill. In addition, IPC will pay all NRD assessment costs to DNREC, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.