EPA Orders Dolberry Energy to Cease Brine Discharges

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a cease and desist administrative order to Dolberry Energy Resources, Inc. of Dallas, Texas, for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

A Jan. 22 EPA inspection of the company’s oil field production facility in Young County, Texas, found an unauthorized discharge of oil field brine generated by production activities into a tributary of Little Salt Creek. The inspection also revealed that water located at the discharge point of entry into the tributary of Little Salt Creek was contaminated from brine discharges and salts.

Based on these findings, Dolberry Energy Resources, Inc. has been ordered to cease all discharges of pollutants from the facility, remove all brine from the flow path located between the facility and the discharge point of entry into the tributary of Little Salt Creek, and within 30 days provide written certification that these activities have been completed.

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