Did Oil and Gas Companies Obey The Law?

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1870-01-01 00:00:00

La. Law of Servitude of Drain

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

1899-01-01 00:00:00

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.

1907-01-21 00:00:00

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..."

1920-03-01 00:00:00

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.

1931-03-01 00:00:00

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..."

1932-04-12 23:11:12

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..."

1933-01-01 23:11:12

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."

1943-01-01 23:11:12

La. Stream Control Commission Amended Rules re: Oil Field Wastes

Prohibits discharge of oil field waste into any body of water if "any beneficial animal or vegetable life in said waters may be destroyed."

1944-10-23 23:11:12

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."

1947-07-01 23:11:12

La. regulators: 108 citations to oil and gas companies within three months

Did Oil and Gas Companies Obey The Law?

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