Brazil & Dunn wins major Oil Pollution Act case

Successful representation of an oil and gas operator sued by the United States Government pursuant to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 for discharging oil into a navigable waterway. Above-ground storage tanks discharged oil into a wetland immediately directly into the Highland Bayou in Galveston. The Government, represented by Assistant U.S. attorneys from Washington, D.C., Department of Justice, sued, claiming Brazil & Dunn’s clients were responsible parties and sought over $600,000 in removal and natural resources damages. After a seven-day trial, the jury found the Defendants did not operate or own the tank battery and were not responsible parties. The case was No. 4:08-cv-01291; The United States Coast Guard vs. Viking Resources, Inc. and Roger W. Chambers; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division.

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