Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

May 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill – Clean Water Act Violation Settlement

Shell Offshore paid a $2.2 million civil fine to the federal government to settle charges that it violated the Clean Water Act in May 2016 by discharging approximately 1,900 barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico when a subsea pipeline cracked. The government alleged oil polluted portions of the Gulf from the sea floor to the water’s surface and spread across a surface area totaling over 1,270 square miles. The government attributed the incident to “Shell’s history of improper operation and maintenance of the pipeline,” and its “lack of adequate training of its control room operators.” The government also asserted that Shell’s “continued involvement in the Louisiana oil and gas production activities in the Gulf of Mexico may pose an imminent and substantial threat of additional oil spills and injuries to the environment and to the public health or welfare.” Shell, which did not admit any liability, also pledged to improve its leak-detection training program across its operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Consent Decree
Contractors Involved Penalty
Royal Dutch Shell PLC $2,200,000
Further Information Released
Complaint 1/8/2019
Consent Decree 1/8/2019

See also:

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database