NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A federal bill of information charged an oil company with multiple felonies tied to violations of offshore safety and environmental regulations.
According the the U.S. Attorney's Office, Energy Resource Technology GOM, LLC is charged with two felony counts of violating the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and two felony counts of violating the Clean Water Act.
The bill of information says ERT allowed welding "hot work" to be done on its offshore production platform in violation of a rule that requires welding not be done within 10 feet of a well bay unless production in that area is shut-in.
The company is also accused of failure to comply with blowout preventer testing regulations.
The company faces stiff fines and probation if convicted.