Company responsible for O.C. oil spill gets permission to repair pipeline
Published: Friday, June 11, 2013 at 2:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 10, 2013 at 5:11 p.m.
An oil company is under a court order to put up new equipment that would help it in its efforts to clean up the oil spill along with a court order that it is in contempt of court for failing to comply with a previous court order, according to documents filed Friday.
Odom Exploration LLC was found in contempt of court twice for allowing the oil flow to continue in the area of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but Friday it received permission from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to repair it’s oil gathering system in place to collect and safely dispose of the oil and wastewater.
The oil company, in a motion filed with the court, said it will use the funds for the equipment, work force and other expenses.
Attorneys for Odom’s owner, William Odom, have requested that the court extend an earlier deadline for the company to repair the damaged pipeline system by two months.
The oil company must install new equipment in order to clean up the spill and ensure the safety of the environment and people and must ensure the protection of the environment and people.
The pipeline is owned by the U.S. government and the court has ordered Odom to repair the pipeline.
The ruling in the decision, written by senior judges on the 11th circuit, says Odom could have taken other actions to prevent the oil flow into the Gulf and “ensure that the company would comply with any court decisions related to the Deepwater Horizon spill,” according to the order released Friday.
“Odom Exploration is on the brink of a major environmental and safety disaster and its conduct in recent weeks has undermined its credibility in dealing with the Deepwater Horizon spill,” said Steve Ellis, attorney for the attorneys general of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Bobby Edwards, a spokesman for the company, has