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EPA Orders Sam W. Mays, Jr., LLC to Stop Discharging

Release Date: 11/09/2010
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Joe Hubbard at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(DALLAS - November 9, 2010) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a cease and desist administrative order to Sam W. Mays, Jr., LLC of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

An October 1, 2010, EPA inspection of the company’s oil field production facility in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, found an unauthorized discharge of oil field brine generated by oil production activities into a tributary of Salt Creek. The inspection also revealed that water located at the discharge point of entry into the tributary of Salt Creek was contaminated from brine discharges and salts.

Based on these findings, Sam W. Mays Jr., LLC has been ordered to cease all discharges of pollutants from the facility and remove all brine from the flow path located between the facility and the tributary of Salt Creek. The company has also been ordered to remove all brine from the tributary of Salt Creek and within 30 days provide written certification that these activities have been completed.

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

EPA audio file is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/nov2010.html

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