Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
ConocoPhillips
Current Parent Company: 
Phillips 66
Penalty: 
$7,250,000
Year: 
2010
Date: 
October 13, 2010
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

The Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Attorney's Office announced the settlement of claims against ConocoPhillips Company and Sasol North America Inc. to resolve their liability to EPA under CERCLA for contamination in the Calcasieu Estuary of Louisiana. The Justice Department also announced a settlement of claims for natural resource damages against ConocoPhillips Company and Sasol North America Inc. related to contamination in the Estuary. Under the terms of a consent decree lodged in the federal district court for the Western District of Louisiana together with a filed complaint, ConocoPhillips and Sasol North America will reimburse the EPA Superfund more than $4.5 million and will complete a removal action valued at about $10 million to clean up Bayou Verdine within the Calcasieu Estuary. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) is also a plaintiff in the case and party to the settlement. (The Justice Department did not specify how the costs would be divided between the two companies. Here we assume they were split equally.)

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Environmental Protection Agency referral to the Justice Department
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
Louisiana
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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