Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Noble Drilling (U.S.) LLC
Current Parent Company: 
Noble Corp.
Penalty: 
$12,200,000
Year: 
2014
Date: 
December 8, 2014
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

Noble Drilling (U.S.) LLC was charged with environmental and maritime crimes for operating the drill ship Noble Discoverer and the drilling unit Kulluk in violation of federal law in Alaska in 2012, the Department of Justice announced. Under the terms of a plea agreement filed in federal court, Noble pled guilty to eight felony offenses and agreed to pay $12.2 million in fines and community service payments, implement a comprehensive Environmental Compliance Plan, and be placed on probation for four years. In addition, Noble's parent corporation, Noble Corporation plc, headquartered in London, England, agreed to implement an Environmental Management System for all Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) owned or operated by Noble Corporation plc and its direct and indirect subsidiaries worldwide.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Justice Department multiagency referral
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
Alaska
HQ Country of Parent: 
Britain
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
oilfield services and supplies
Specific Industry of Parent: 
oilfield services
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Parent company note: 
Parent-subsidiary relationship is current as of the most recent revision listed in the Update Log.