The operators of an offshore platform near Louisiana have been ordered to pay $8.7 million in fines after the operator of the platform was charged with breaking environmental laws.
The operators were ordered to give the government at least $3 million and the company an additional $2.2 million for environmental violations, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Louisiana Environmental Protection Agency.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New Orleans, is the latest in a series of actions by the EPA against offshore oil platforms.
The agency issued a record number of fines this year, with $12.5 billion paid to the oil industry.
The EPA also sued the operators of two other offshore oil rigs in Texas in August.
The Texas rig had been operating in the Atlantic for more than two years, and the Louisiana rig was operated by Shell Oil and its subsidiaries in the state for more, the lawsuit said.
The Louisiana operation operated the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and operated a platform on the same stretch of Louisiana’s coast where a spill happened in 2010, the agency said.
Shell and its partners have not said how much they paid for the Deepwells.
The Deepwater Oil rig was owned by a partnership of companies led by Shell, Exxon Mobil and BP, and operated in the waters off Louisiana’s coastline from mid-October through mid-February.
The other offshore rig was run by Transocean, which is controlled by BP.
The two rigs are not subject to the same environmental rules as those of the Deep Wells, and it is unclear whether the Deep Water Well was operating at the same time, the EPA said in its report.
The rig owners in Louisiana said the investigation found the company failed to comply with the company’s permit requirements.
The companies are still seeking to recover the fines.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.