Jan 17, 2014

Well Operators Sentenced for Drinking Water Act Violations

Kentucky oil well operators Charles Stinson and Logsdon Valley Oil Co. Inc. were fined $45,000

Kentucky Well Operators Fined Safe Drinking Water Act Violations Charles Stinson

Two oil well operators in Kentucky were sentenced in U.S. District Court for continued violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Charles L. Stinson, 75, of Horse Cave, Ky., and Ralph Dowell, 75, of Edmonton, Ky., operators of Logsdon Valley Oil Co. Inc., were sentenced to two years’ probation. Stinson and Logsdon Valley Oil Co. Inc. were ordered to pay fines for the continued conspiracy to inject fluids, without a permit, into sinkholes and wells located in Hart County, Ky., from March 13, 2008, to July 18, 2012.

According to the plea agreement, Stinson and Logsdon Valley Oil Co. Inc. agreed to a fine of $45,000 to be paid at sentencing. According to the terms, Stinson was to pay the fine personally, with $25,000 paid to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, $10,000 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and $10,000 to the U.S. Also, as part of the terms, Stinson agreed to provide adequate documentation to EPA that Stinson #6 (the well used for illegal injection) is plugged and abandoned in such a manner that protects underground sources of drinking water from contamination.