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FISCAL YEAR: 2020
1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Bernard Robichaux
  Louisiana  275-18
2. DEFENDANT: BPR Energy, Inc.
  Louisiana  275-18

In March 2018, BPR Energy, Inc., and its president, Bernard P. Robichaux were indicted for violations of Louisiana’s Pollutant Discharge Elimination System related to an oil spill from a tank at Petro-Hurst Oil in Iberville Parish, an oil production facility operated by BPR Energy, Inc.

BPR Energy, Inc., pleaded guilty to a felony count for the knowing violation of provisions of Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, specifically for failing to notify LDEQ and other appropriate agencies of the discharge.

Robichaux pleaded guilty to a negligent violation of provisions of Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, specifically for discharging a pollutant into the waters of the state without a permit.

A subsequent cleanup was undertaken by a remediation contractor.



January 29, 2020

BPR Energy, Inc. was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.

Bernard P. Robichaux was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and sentenced to two years of probation. In addition, he was ordered to pay $5,000 to LDEQ and $5,000 to the Louisiana State Police as reimbursement of costs for each agency’s role in the investigation.

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