Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Hilcorp Energy GOM, LLC
Current Parent Company: 
Hilcorp Energy
Penalty: 
$170,000
Year: 
2011
Date: 
December 21, 2011
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Secondary Offense: 
offshore drilling violation
Violation Description: 

During the course of a BOEMRE inspection, the inspectors discovered a surface controlled subsurface safety valve (SCSSV) was blocked and inoperable. This rendered the safety device incapable of performing its designed function. It was not blocked / inoperable due to startup, testing or maintenance and was not flagged or being monitored by personnel. It was determined that the isolation valve on the main well panel was placed in the closed position while returning the Well to production after an upset and was inadvertently left isolated. As a result, this action would have prevented the SCSSV from functioning if either the Emergency Shut-down System or Fire Detection Shut-in System would have been activated.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Texas
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
privately held
Major Industry of Parent: 
oil and gas
Specific Industry of Parent: 
oil & gas
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Parent company note: 
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