Local man pleads guilty to dumping oil, chlorides

By From staff reports

One of the two men accused in the

illegal dumping of oil and chlorides last year into the waters at Little

Chenier oilfield

pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegal discharge of pollutants into

state waters, said officials with the state Department of Environmental


T&F Oil Co. CEO Lobdell Percy Brown III received probation and has to pay fines and restitution of more than $76,000, DEQ

spokesman Rodney Mallett said Tuesday.

Brown and his brother, Carr, a field

technician, were indicted, along with T&F Oil, in Cameron Parish in

October 2011 on charges

they allowed “two willful discharges of oil and chlorides into the

waters of the state, along with five additional spills

that went unreported from sites located in Little Chenier

oilfield,” reads a DEQ news release.

The violations occurred between July 2009 and January 2011, but how much oil and chlorides were illegally discharged may never

be known, Mike Nolan, a DEQ attorney, has said. Because it was an illegal discharge, an exact quantity is not available.

Besides six years’ probation, Brown

must pay $11,080 to the DEQ’s Environmental Trust Fund — for

investigation costs — within

the next 30 days. He must also reimburse up to half of DEQ’s total

investigation amount, including fines incurred by his brother.

In addition, Brown must pay a criminal fine of $15,000, plus restitution. His probation stipulates that he pay $50,000 to

the court registry to help pay for the cleanup. If Brown violates his probation, he could spend up to six years in prison.

DEQ reportedly began investigating the incident after receiving a civilian complaint.

To report spills, releases, odors, fish

kills, open burning, waste tires or other environmental incidents, call

DEQ at 888-763-5424.

Online: www.deq.louisiana.gov.