Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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U.S. v. Jones (Pipeline Safety Act Violations, False Statement)

Randy Jones, a former corrosion coordinator for Shell Pipeline Company L.P., pleaded guilty to failing to conduct bi-monthly voltage readings and an annual survey of a pipeline used to transport jet fuel, in violation of the Pipeline Safety Act (PSA); and making a false statement to the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA). Jones failed to conduct the required testing for 2011 and when advised that a PHMSA audit was scheduled for December 2011, Jones submitted false data indicating the required test had been conducted. The violations involved a pipeline owned by Shell that delivered jet fuel to General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In January 2012, a hole was discovered in the pipeline at Mitchell Airport after jet fuel began showing up in soil surrounding the airport and in nearby Wilson Creek. Approximately 9,000 gallons of jet fuel were released. Jones agreed to pay $19,337,785 in restitution (the response and remediation cost of the spill) and a $300 special assessment.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Pleaded Guilty
Date of Plea Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Royal Dutch Shell PLC $19,338,085
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 1/7/2015
Criminal Information 11/14/2014
Plea Agreement 11/14/2014

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database