Mississippi man guilty of careless dumping of hazardous substances in Gulf of Mexico – The Observer


NEW ORLEANS – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that PATRICK HUSE40, of Perkinston, Mississippi, pleaded guilty today to violation of Title 33, United States Code, Section 1321(b)(3) and 1319(c)(1)(A).

According to today’s guilty plea, HUSE was employed as a “responsible person” (“PIC”) on Main Pass 310A (“MP-310A”), an oil and gas production platform. In July 2015, MP-310A workers noticed a sheen on the surface of the water surface surrounding the rig. The burst meant the rig was discharging oil or other hazardous substances into the Gulf of Mexico. Workers alerted HUSE, a PIC on MP-310A. The workers said HUSE that they believed the splinter was the result of sand buildup in the MP-310A’s filtration equipment. HUSE ordered workers to remove sand buildup from filtration equipment instead of a complete shutdown, hoping the splinter would dissipate. These measures did not prevent the platform from shining, so the workers closed the platform by an emergency stop of the whole platform.

HUSE is punishable by a maximum prison term of one year, a fine of $2,500 to $25,000 per day of offense, a maximum period of supervised release of up to one year and a mandatory special assessment fee of $25. Sentencing was set by District Judge Barry Ashe for July 7, 2022.

United States Attorney Evans commended the work of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior’s Office of Inspector General, Energy Investigations Unit, in the investigation of this case. Assistant United States Attorneys Spiro G. Latsis and J. Ryan McLaren are charged with the prosecution.

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