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 Quality.
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.