[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 25 (Thursday, February 6, 1997)]
[Page 5654]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-2908]



Notice of Lodging of Consent Decree United States v. Tenneco Oil 

    In accordance with Departmental policy, 28 C.F.R. Sec. 50.7, notice 
is hereby given that, on January 22, 1997 a Consent Decree was lodged 
with the United States District Court for the Western District of 
Oklahoma in United States v. Tenneco Oil Company, Civil Action No. CIV-
96-017-C, an action under Section 1431(a) of the Safe Drinking Water 
Act, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 300i(a) for provision of an alternative water 
supply for the Sac and Fox Indian Nation and damages for contamination 
of the aquifer.
    The proposed Decree is designed to remedy contamination of the 
lands and groundwater of the Sac and Fox in Lincoln County, Oklahoma. 
The Decree provides for the purchase and conveyance by Tenneco to the 
Sac and Fox of specified parcels of land in order to provide an 
adequate, alternative source of drinking water; installation of a river 
water intake to provide agricultural irrigation; and the reforestation 
of a pecan grove. The Decree also provides for the payment of 
$1,160,000 to the Sac and Fox, both for their discretionary use and for 
dedicated projects for the clean-up of tribal lands. Finally, the 
proposed Decree resolves the liability of Tenneco for specified oil and 
gas related claims by the United States and the Sac and Fox Nation.
    The Department of Justice will receive written comments relating to 
the proposed Decree for thirty (30) days from the date of publication 
of this notice. Comments should be addressed to Lois J. Schiffer, 
Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, 
Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20530, and should refer to 
United States v. Tenneco Oil Company,. DOJ #90-6-6-137.
    Copies of the Decree may be examined at the offices of the United 
States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, 210 West Park 
Avenue, Suite 400, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102; the Untied States 
Environmental Protection Agency--Region VI, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 
1200, Dallas, Texas, 75202; the Consent Decree Library, 1120 G Street, 
NW 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005, (202) 624-0892; and the Sac and 
Fox Library, Sac and Fox Nation, Route 2, Stroud, Oklahoma 74079. 
Copies of the Consent Decree may be obtained from the Consent Decree 
Library. In requesting copies, please enclose a check in the amount of 
$11.50 (25 cents per page) payable to the Consent Decree Library.
Walker Smith,
Deputy Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and 
Natural Resources Division.
[FR Doc. 97-2908 Filed 2-5-97; 8:45 am]