- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Houston-based Walter Oil and Gas Co. has been fined $400,000 for failing to notify the National Response Center following a 2014 hazardous discharge in the Gulf of Mexico near Grand Isle.

The company was charged last year in a one-count bill of information and pleaded guilty in December.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1YHajWN ) U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown ordered a two-year probation period Thursday. The fine will be divided four ways: $320,000 to the U.S. Treasury; $40,000 to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality; $30,000 to the Louisiana State Police Emergency Services Unit; and $10,000 to the Southern Environmental Enforcement Network.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr. says federal prosecutors will “continue to demand that businesses not illegally pollute the waterways that sit at the center of our culture and economy.”

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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