WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Feb. 23 that Wood Group PSN Inc., a Nevada corporation based in Houston, will pay $9.5 million in two separate cases involving allegations related to conduct in the Gulf of Mexico.
will pay $7 million for allegedly falsely reporting the safety inspections
carried out at offshore facilities in the Gulf of Mexico over a number of
years. It will pay $1.8 million for the purported negligent discharge of oil
into the gulf, a violation of the Clean Water Act.
“The events of November 2012 at West Delta 32 were tragic,
and since then federal prosecutors have worked diligently to investigate and
understand the full scope of criminal conduct,” said acting assistant attorney general
Jeff Wood. “Today’s plea agreement demonstrates the Department of Justice’s commitment to the integrity of federal safety programs and
accountability for those who falsify federal safety inspection reports.”
failure to inspect and maintain facilities the company had contracts with and
the alleged negligence of its company employees led to a site explosion in the gulf that killed construction workers Avelino Tajonera, Elroy Corporal and