Did Oil and Gas Companies Obey The Law?

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La. Law of Servitude of Drain

Renders it unlawful to make the flow of water more burdensome.

U.S. Rivers and Harbors Act

It shall not be lawful for any person to impair the usefulness of any levee built by the United States.

La. Supreme Court: Oil companies broke the law, damaged the land

"...oil and water flowed over the lands of the plaintiff, killing his trees, destroying his crops and pasturage, and polluting the fresh water..."

La. Dept. of Conservation Rule 14 re: Conservation of Crude Oil

Fresh water, whether above or below the surface, shall be protected from pollution, whether in drilling or plugging.

Shell: Facility discharges "unlawful," "killing the timber and vegetation"

"...the salt water has already destroyed approximately 11,500 board feet of timber, for which, in all probability, a damage claim will be made..."

Industry report: "We are only 'kidding' ourselves" about waste discharges

"...the statutes of several states make it obligatory...to prevent the escape of waste from our properties...It's only a question of time..."

La. Dept. of Conservation Regs: Protection of Coastal Waters

Prohibits discharge "into the coastal or other waters of the State any waste...which will change the chemical composition of the waters."

La. Supreme Court: The Texas Company's oil field practices illegal

The company "dispersed such a large quantity of crude oil around their operations that it spread...over these waters for miles."

The Texas Company claims La. regs illegal, U.S. Supreme Court disagrees

Oil company seeks injunction, saying state regulators could cause it to suffer "immediate and irreparable injury, loss and damage."

Regulators call meeting with local industry leaders, oil and gas companies

"Canals that the oil companies have dredged... drain our fresh water out so fast...it kills all our fresh water marsh, and all we had now is gone."

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