Protecting Louisiana's Wetlands
Petrohawk Energy Corporation has agreed to pay $177,500 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violations of the Clean Water Act in the Haynesville Shale areas of Louisiana. Petrohawk illegally discharged dredged or filled materials into waters of the U.S, including wetlands, in Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto and Red River Parishes in Northern Louisiana. The violations addressed in this enforcement action occurred from October 2008 to October 2009 in connection with construction of 40 natural gas wells in 93.8 acres of waters of the U.S. Three well sites totaling 14.8 acres were discovered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Petrohawk voluntarily disclosed another site totaling 4.8 acres. The remaining discharges associated with the construction of the 36 well sites were discovered by a voluntary comprehensive audit of Petrohawk’s activities.