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EPA Orders Roberson Oil Company to Stop Discharging

Release Date: 12/10/2009
Contact Information: Dave Bary at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – December 10, 2009) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a cease and desist administrative order to the Roberson Oil Company, Inc. of Ada, Oklahoma, for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

An October 26, 2009, EPA inspection of the company’s oil field production facility in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, found an unauthorized discharge of oil field brine generated by production activities into a tributary of Clear Boggy Creek. The inspection also revealed that water located at the discharge point of entry into the tributary of Clear Boggy Creek was contaminated from brine discharges and salts.

Based on these findings, the Roberson Oil Company has been ordered to cease all discharges of pollutants from the facility, remove all brine and residual oil from the tributary of Clear Boggy Creek, and within 30 days provide written certification 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/dec2009.html

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