If you work offshore, you need to be aware of environmental crimes, which are defined as when a person or company violates certain environmental laws that are put into place to protect the environment. Some common examples of environmental include:
- Illegal dumping of waste (magic pipe cases).
- Clean Water Act violations.
- Water or air pollution.
- Storage violations.
- Improper transport of hazardous materials.
- Destroying the habitat of an endangered or threatened species.
In Louisiana, these types of crimes are most commonly prosecuted against people working in the oil and gas, chemical, and shipping/maritime industries. There are many overlapping statutes and regulations that impose different types of liability, both civil and criminal, on people and companies working offshore. In addition, there are also multiple government agencies that investigate and bring charges against you for an environmental crime.
Defending yourself against even the suspicion of an environmental crime is incredibly complex and requires the right lawyer to handle your case. I’ve represented employees, supervisors, and companies in a variety of different environmental crime investigations. I can guide you through the process and be your advocate every step of the way. How you handle that first request to speak about an incident can decide your fate – both in your job and, potentially, in your freedom.