Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Noble Energy Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Noble Energy
Penalty: 
$73,450,000
Year: 
2015
Date: 
April 22, 2015
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

A settlement was reached with Houston-based Noble Energy, Inc. to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations stemming from the company's oil and gas exploration and production activities in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, north of Denver, Colorado. The settlement resolved claims that Noble failed to adequately design, size, operate and maintain vapor control systems on its controlled condensate storage tanks, resulting in emissions of volatile organic compounds. As part of the settlement, Noble agreed to spend an estimated $60 million on system upgrades, monitoring and inspections to reduce emissions, in addition to $4.5 million to fund environmental mitigation projects, $4 million on supplemental environmental projects and a $4.95 million civil penalty.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Environmental Protection Agency referral to the Justice Department
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
Colorado
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Texas
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
oil and gas
Specific Industry of Parent: 
oil & gas
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Parent company note: 
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