Environmental Group Files Suit Over Ongoing Oil Leak

Environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance and its Gulf Coast Waterkeeper organizations on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against New Orleans-based Taylor Energy Company LLC, arguing that the company has failed to stop oil flowing from a spill that occurred in 2004.

The lawsuit was filed under the citizen suit provisions of the Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation Recovery Act, as reported by The Times-Picayune.

The spill occurred 11 miles offshore Louisiana after an undersea landslide occurred after Hurricane Ivan struck the Gulf in 2004. An offshore platform and 28 wells were damaged.

Since then, Taylor has yet to stop the daily flow of oil from the site, Waterkeeper said in a statement. The organization said that hundreds of gallons of oil have leaked from the site since 2004.

Waterkeeper Alliance, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network and several other Gulf Coast environmental groups last year filed notice Taylor Energy and a joint venture of Samsung C&T America Inc. and Korea National Oil Corp., which acquired Taylor's energy assets in 2008, that they would file a lawsuit against them for the ongoing well leak.

Karen Boman has more than 10 years of experience covering the upstream oil and gas sector. Email Karen at kboman@rigzone.com


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