EPA Orders RAM Energy Resources, Inc. to Stop Discharging
(Dallas, Texas – June 28, 2010) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a cease and desist administrative order to RAM Energy Resources, Inc. of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.
A May 13, 2010, EPA inspection of the company’s oil field production facility in Wichita County, Texas, found an unauthorized discharge of oil field brine and produced wastewater generated by oil production activities into Long Creek. The inspection also revealed that water located at the discharge point of entry into Long Creek was contaminated with brine discharges and salts.
Based on these findings, RAM Energy Resources, Inc. has been ordered to cease all discharges of pollutants from the facility, remove all brine from the flow path located between the facility and Long Creek, and within 30 days provide written certification that these activities have been completed.
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EPA audio file is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/jun2010.html
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Tim Ruggiero says
Please tell us there were large fines associated. A cease and desist order for something the damn well know they aren't supposed to do is near useless. It just means to go ahead and do whatever you want, if you get caught, you'll have to stop.
Try this the next time a cop pulls you over and see if it works. Unlikley. Fines are punitive for a reason. It's to strongly encourage you to stop that behavior. If you continue or repeat the offense, the fines get greater, usually to a point where you're removed from society if you don't get it figured out.
Too bad gas companies are exempt from not only the Clean Water Act, The Clean Air Act, but also from having to follow any of the rules the rest of the earth does.