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LOUISIANA COMPANY SENTENCED FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS


LOUISIANA COMPANY SENTENCED FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS/SCROLL
FOR RELEASE:  FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 1999 


LOUISIANA COMPANY SENTENCED FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS 

Intracoastal Liquid Mud Inc. (ILM), was sentenced on Jan. 6, to pay a fine
of $240,000 and was ordered to implement an environmental compliance
program by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
in Lafayette.  ILM previously pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water
Act by discharging waste into the Vermillion River without a permit.  ILM
is in the business of selling drilling muds used in oil exploration and
provides barge and offshore supply boat cleaning services.  In its
previous plea agreement, ILM admitted that between 1992 and January 1998,
its employees illegally discharged hundreds of thousands of gallons of
waste wash water into the river. The wash water contained contaminants
such as oil-based drilling mud, calcium chloride, barite and cement, all
of which can be harmful to aquatic life.  The case was investigated by the
EPA Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI, the Coast Guard Criminal
Investigative Service, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality,
and was prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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