Monday, June 29, 2009

Compliance and Enforcement News Release (Region 6): EPA Orders Linn Energy, LLC to Cease Discharge of Pollutants

EPA Orders Linn Energy, LLC to Cease Discharge of Pollutants


(Dallas, Texas – June 29, 2009)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a cease and desist administrative order to Linn Energy, LLC of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.


On June 4, 2009, an EPA inspection of the company’s oil field production facility in Osage County, Oklahoma, found an unauthorized discharge of oil field brine generated by production activities into a tributary of Hominy Creek and Hominy Creek itself.  The inspection revealed that water located at the discharge point of entry into the tributary of Hominy Creek and into Hominy Creek was contaminated from brine discharges and salts.


Based on these findings, Linn Energy, LLC has been ordered to cease all discharges of pollutants from the facility, remove all brine from the flow path located between the facility and Hominy Creek, and within 30 days provide written certification to EPA that these activities have been completed.


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