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…

Houston Ship Channel Air Pollution

Environment Texas Citizen Lobby and the Sierra Club filed a federal lawsuit against Shell Oil on behalf of citizens who live near the company’s Deer Park, Texas oil refinery and chemical plant. Plaintiffs claim state and federal environmental officials failed to enforce the Clean Air Act at the facility, where Shell and its subsidiaries have released millions of pounds of excess air pollutants along the Houston Ship Channel over the past five years. In April 2009, the parties settled the lawsuit. Under the proposed settlement, Shell agreed to pay a $5.8-million civil penalty.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Filing
Contractors Involved Penalty
Royal Dutch Shell PLC $5,800,000
Further Information Released
Sierra Club Press Release 4/28/2009
Complaint 2/27/2008
Environment Texas Press Release 2/27/2008

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database