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EPA Orders Robinowitz Oil Company to Stop Discharging

Release Date: 09/11/2009
Contact Information: Dave Bary at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – September 11, 2009) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a cease and desist administrative order to the Robinowitz Oil Company of Osage County, Oklahoma, for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

An August 21, 2009, 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 Little Hominy Creek. The inspection also revealed that water located at the discharge point of entry into Little Hominy Creek was contaminated from brine discharges and salts.

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

More about activities in EPA Region 6: http://www.epa.gov/region6

EPA audio file is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/sep2009.html

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