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Munce's ordered to pay penalty

GORHAM — A Coos County Superior Court judge has imposed additional penalties of $420,000 against Munce's Superior Petroleum and its owner, Harold Munce, according to a release from the state Attorney General's Office.

The newest penalty brings the total to $612,000 for "failing to comply with petroleum storage laws since September 2011," the release said.

Munce's was originally ordered to close above ground oil storage tanks, which the state deemed threatened the Androscoggin River if they suffered a breach or leak. Munce's filed for bankruptcy reorganization in March 2011 after a combination of losses from home heating oil contracts saw it lose more than $1 million.

In 2012, the court fined the company $192,000 for failing to close above ground oil storage tank facilities in Gorham. The most recent order comes after Munce's, which was ordered in September 2011 to close the tanks after the company emerged from bankruptcy, failed again to close the tanks until June.

The court suspended payment of $210,000 for five years conditioned on future compliance with the law, the release said.


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