Oil Company Charged With Felony Clean Water Act Violation
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced today that XPLOR ENERGY SPV-1, INC. (“XPLOR”), an Oklahoma corporation located in Southlake, Texas, was charged today in a one-count bill of information with knowingly violating the Clean Water Act, Title 33, United States Code, Section 1319(c)(2)(A), in connection with their oil and gas production activities in the Breton Sound Area of the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the bill of information, from on or about October 1, 2009, and continuing through November 18, 2011, in the navigable waters of the United States and within the Eastern District of Louisiana, XPLOR., by and through its agents and employees acting within the scope of their agency and employment and for the intended benefit of the defendant, did knowingly discharge and cause to be knowingly discharged a pollutant, namely, produced water containing oil, from a point source (injection lines and disposal wells attached to the MP 35 Platform) into a water of the United States without a permit.
The case was investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA-CID”) and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ-CID”). The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Coman.