Linus Unah – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Houston-based oilfield services company Wood Group PSN Inc., has been ordered to pay $9.5 million in two separate cases involving violations in the Gulf of Mexico, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
“The plea agreement ensures that Wood Group is held responsible for its wrongful pollution of the Gulf of Mexico, and it will bring community service projects to benefit the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Coast communities,” acting assistant attorney General Wood said in a statement.
The Justice Department said in a news release the company will pay $7 million as part of a plea agreement for falsely reporting for several years that personnel had performed safety inspections on offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.
The company will also pay an additional $1.8 million for violating the Clean Water Act after a deadly 2012 explosion on an offshore facility in Louisiana.
Wood Group was also ordered to pay $700,000 in community service to projects in the areas where the criminal conduct took place.
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