Vidalia man enters plea in Cameron illegal dumping case

(Source: MGN Online)
(Source: MGN Online)

CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A Vidalia man has pleaded guilty to illegally discharging pollutants into state waters in Cameron Parish.

According to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, 53-year-old Carr William Brown is an employee of the Mandeville-based T&F Oil Company.

DEQ officials, in the release, said Brown, along with his brother, the owner of T&F Oil, were indicted Oct. 21, 2011 by a Cameron Parish grand jury as a result of "two willful and illegal discharges of oil and chlorides into the waters of the state," the release states.

The two are also accused in five additional spills that officials said went unreported from sites located in the Little Chenier oilfield in Cameron Parish.

Officials said Carr Brown dumped oilfield wastes from a production facility, owned and operated by T&F Oil, into Little Chenier.

The waste reportedly contained oil and produced water.

Officials said the discharges were in violation of the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Following the indictment, a warrant was issued for their arrests, officials said.

"For his part in the illegal discharges and unreported spills, Carr Brown was sentenced to three years of probation and a $5,000 criminal fine. The plea is a result of the investigation conducted by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality's Criminal Investigation Division and the Louisiana Environmental Crimes Task Force," the release states.

"Anyone who makes the decision to blatantly pollute our environment will be met with severe legal consequences as a result of that decision," said DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch. "DEQ's strong relationship with its local, state and federal partners allows us far-reaching authority to investigate and aggressively prosecute any individual or business in the state who chooses to evade environmental laws."

The case was prosecuted by the Louisiana Attorney General's office.

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