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EPA Orders Cantrell Energy Corporation to Stop Discharging

Release Date: 07/07/2009
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Anthony Suttice at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – July 7, 2009) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a cease and desist administrative order to the Cantrell Energy Corporation of Ada, Oklahoma, for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

A June 11, 2009, EPA inspection of the company’s oil field production facility in Carter County, Oklahoma, found an unauthorized discharge of oil field brine generated by production activities into a tributary of Spring Branch Creek. The inspection also revealed that water located at the discharge point of entry into the tributary was contaminated from brine discharges and salts.

Based on these findings, the Cantrell Energy Corporation 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 the tributary of Spring Branch 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/jul2009.html

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