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Petrofund Enforcement Actions


A.R.C. LABORATORIES INC  Reg #: 1121 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 1/4/1995 
File #: PE 9400104 MJR  Penalty: Withdrew Registration 
Allegation: Respondent engaged in conduct that failed to conform to minimal standards for technical services. 
 
APEX ENVIRONMENTAL  Reg #: 2008 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 8/1/2001 
File #: PF 2001418 & 2006607 GAW  Penalty: $1,000 fine 
Allegation: Respondent requested an applicant to sign and date competitive bid forms with inaccurate dates.  

CHEVRON USA, INC.
Action: Settlement Agreement  Signed: 6/5/2013
File #: PF1300017  Penalty: $1,975,000 Settlement Payment
Allegation: Respondent misrepresented insurance coverage, resulting in their receipt of Petrofund and insurance payments for the same sites.

CLEANSOILS MINNESOTA  Reg.#: 1238 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 9/16/1998 
Penalty: Withdrew registration 
Allegation: The Department commenced action to strike respondent from list of registered Petrofund contraction, and respondent agreed to be removed and not apply in the future.

CONOCOPHILLIPS
Action: Settlement Agreement  Signed: 6/26/2013
File #: PF1300019  Penalty: $4,900,000 Settlement Payment
Allegation: Respondent misrepresented insurance coverage, resulting in their receipt of Petrofund and insurance payments for the same sites.

COTEAU ENVIRONMENTAL  Reg #. 2676 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 9/12/2007 
File #: PF270101  Penalty: $30,000 fine, registration revoked. 
Allegation: Respondent failed to disclose subcontractor invoices on several Petrofund Reimbursement Applications, and included ineligible mark-up on those costs in the reimbursement requests; provided inaccurate information to the Department regarding the shipping of environmental samples; and provided inaccurate documentation of company records to the Department.  
 
DANDI INVESTMENTS  Reg #. 2101 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 10/25/2004 
File #: PF2400888/GAW  Penalty:
$5,000 fine,
withdrawn registration. 
Allegation: Respondent failed to perform required soil testing, failed to provide requested information, and failed to maintain corrective action records.  
 
DC ENTERPRISES of NORTHERN MINNESOTA, INC..  Reg #. 2957 
Action: Findings of fact  Signed: 9/9/2003 
File #: PF2208909 GAW  Penalty: Registration revoked. 
Allegation: An officer of the company negligently discharged pollutants into the waters of the United States.  
 
DPRA INC  Reg #: 1133 
Action: Consent Order  
File #: PF 9702686 JRH  Penalty: $500 fine 
Allegation: Respondent prepared reimbursement applications that included ineligible costs and failed to obtain competitive bids for contractor services. 
 
EARTHTECH OF MINNESOTA, INC.  Reg#: 1887 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 9/7/2002 
File #: PF2108239 GAW  Penalty: $2,000 fine
revise procedures 
Allegation: Respondent failed to retain records relating to corrective action services, and failed to provide a complete and timely reply to the Department. 
 
ENERGY PRODUCTS INC  Reg #: 1088 
Action: Consent Order  
File #: PE 9403967  Penalty: $10,000 fine. $1,000 investigative costs. 90 day suspension of registration 
Allegation: Respondent violated Petrofund consultant/contractor registration statutes and rules. 
 
ENVIRO-RISK CONSULTING GROUP, INC  Reg #: 2969  
Action: Consent Order    Signed:4/4/12
File #: PF 120101  Penalty: Registration Revocation  
Allegation: Respondent failed to pay it's subcontractors.   

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGICAL SVCS  Reg #: 1203 
Action: Consent Order  
File #: PF 9704751 KJH  Penalty: Cease Petrofund consultant business for one year 
Allegation: Respondent failed to submit timely reports; failed to complete cleanup work in a timely manner; failed to respond to request for information from the Department. 
 
ENVIRONMENTAL TROUBLESHOOTERS INC  Reg#. 2438 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 6/25/2002 
File #. PF 2103368 GAW  Penalty: $10,000 fine, $5,214.50 credit to customer, $849.30 refund to customer. 
Allegation: Respondent made material misrepresentations to the Petrofund Board, and obstructed the competitive bidding process. Respondent also failed to maintain mandatory corrective action records. 
 
ESCO ENVIRONMENTAL SVC CO  Reg #: 1721 
Action: Consent Cease & Desist Order  Signed: 3/29/1999 
File #: PF 9807899 KJH  Penalty: $500 fine 
Allegation: Respondent engaged in unregistered activity as Petrofund consultant. 
 
ESCO ENVIRONMENTAL SVC CO  Reg #: 1721 
Action: Consent Order  
File #: PF 9707747 KJH  Penalty: $250 fine 
Allegation: Respondent improperly withheld and/or converted monies belonging to an entity responsible for the cleanup of petroleum contaminated property and held in trust by respondent to pay costs of contamination site cleanup. 
 
ESCO ENVIRONMENTAL SVC CO  
Action: Cease & Desist Order  Signed: 8/22/1996 
File #: PE 9600109 MJR  Penalty: Registration suspension 
Allegation: Respondent failed to provide evidence of required insurance.  

EXXON MOBIL
Action: Settlement Agreement  Signed: 6/24/2013
File #: PF1300018  Penalty: $550,000 Settlement Payment
Allegation: Respondent misrepresented insurance coverage, resulting in their receipt of Petrofund and insurance payments for the same sites.

RICHARD GANDRUD  Reg #: 2847 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 5/1/2006 
File #: PF2409269  Penalty: $1,000 fine 
Allegation: Respondent failed to perform required soil testing  
 
GEOTEK ENGINEERING & TESTING SERVICES INC  Reg #: 1101 
Action: Cease & Desist Order  Signed: 5/7/2002 
File #: PF 2204401 GAW  Registration reinstated 
Allegation: On December 29, 2000, the Minnesota Secretary of State issued a Foreign Corporations Certificate of Revocation to respondent for failure to file an annual report, revoking their authority to do business in Minnesota.  
 
INTER CITY OIL COMPANY  
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 8/29/2003 
File #: PF 2208907 GAW  Penalty: $2,500 fine. 
Allegation: Respondent made misrepresentations to the Petrofund Board by signing competitive bid forms with dates prior to the dates the forms were actually signed, and initially failing to cooperate with a Department request for information.  
 
J & D ENTERPRISES, INC.  Reg #. 1044 
Action: Findings of Fact  Signed: 9/9/2003 
File #: PF 22089089 GAW  Penalty: Registration revoked. 
Allegation: An officer of the company negligently discharged pollutants into the waters of the United States.  
 
MALONEY CONSTRUCTION CO INC  Reg #: 1331 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 5/11/1995 
File #: PE 9400102 MJR  Penalty: Withdrew registration 
Allegation: Respondent dumped into the ground and abandoned sludge removed from a tank bottom. 
 
MATEFFY ENGINEERING INC  Reg #: 1246 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 8/1/2000 
File #: PF 2001885 KJH  Penalty: $4,700 fine 
Allegation: Respondent engaged in conduct that violated Petrofund laws. In consideration for voluntary withdrawal from Petrofund consultant/contractor registration and agreement not to apply for future registration, respondent may complete contracts listed in the Order. 
 
MATTHEWS DRAINAGE & EXCAVATING  Reg #: 1380 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 5/3/2006 
File #: PF 2409269  Penalty: $1,400 reimbursement 
Allegation: Respondent failed to perform required soil testing.  
 
MIDAMERICA, INC.  Reg #: 2855 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 6/24/10 
File #: PF 290103 GAW  Penalty: $15,000 fine and $40,000 restitution. 
Allegation: Respondent failed to reasonably supervise its employee to assure his compliance with Petrofund regulations. Specifically, the employee repeatedly circumvented the Petrofund bidding process by requesting and reviewing competing bids prior to submitting his own bids, and provided inaccurate information to the Minnesota Department of Commerce concerning his actions.  
 
MINNESOTA PETROLEUM SERVICES  Reg #. 1151 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 5/15/2006 
File #: PF 2501  Penalty: $500 fine 
Allegation: Respondent provided inaccurate information to the Petrofund relating to work that was never performed.  
 
MATTHEWS DRAINAGE & EXCAVATING  Reg #: 1380 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 5/3/2006 
File #: PF 2409269  Penalty: $1,400 reimbursement 
Allegation: Respondent failed to perform required soil testing.  
 
NORTHEAST TECHNICAL SERVICES INC  Reg #: 1019 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 8/25/2000 
File #: PF 2001410 KJH  Penalty: Censure 
Allegation: Respondent failed to supervise a former employee who directed an applicant to misrepresent dates Petrofund forms were signed, and who obtained a competitive bid for the applicant after cleanup work was performed. $1,000 fine stayed if no further violations. 
 
NORTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES INC  Reg #: 1020 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 5/25/1999 
File #: PF 9807905 KJH  Penalty: $175,000 fine 
Allegation: Respondent engaged in anti-competitive activity, made false claims, and submitted invoices that were not a true reflection of the costs incurred. Revocation stayed for two years conditioned on terms of the Order, including closing the Brainerd office. 
 
OMNI ENVIRONMENTAL  Reg #: 2262 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 1/3/2000 
File #: PF 9904424 KJH  Penalty: Censure 
Allegation: Respondent engaged in conduct that violated MN Stat. 115C.112 (11). $1,000 fine stayed if no further violations. 
 
PROPERTY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY  Reg #. 2964 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 6/24/2003 
File #. PF 2204635 GAW  Penalty: $2, 000 fine 
Allegation: Respondent circumvented the competitive bidding process.  
 
REMEDIATION SERVICES INC  Reg #: 1200 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 4/14/1998 
File #: PF 9701763 KJH  Penalty: $500 fine 
Allegation: Respondent submitted a signed statement on four Petrofund applications that all costs claimed were accurate, when, in fact, they were estimates made by respondent. 
 
SHAMP, ARCHIE  Reg #: 2531 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 8/31/2005 
File #: 2505061  Penalty: $2,000 fine 
Allegation: Respondent failed to perform required soil testing.  
 
VIEAU ASSOCIATES, INC.  Reg #: 2940 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 4/5/2010 
File #: PF 290102 GAW  Penalty: $25,000 fine and $50,000 restitution 
Allegation: Respondent failed to reasonably supervise its employee, to assure his compliance with Minnesota Petrofund regulations. Specifically, the employee repeatedly circumvented the Petrofund bidding process by requesting and reviewing competing bids prior to submitting his own bids, provided false information to the Minnesota Department of Commerce regarding costs submitted in Petrofund reimbursement applications, and provided inaccurate information to the Department concerning his actions.  
 
WW ENGINEERING & SCIENCE INC  Reg #: 1003 
Action: Consent Order  Signed: 9/1/1994 
File #: PE 9400100 MJR  Penalty: Censure 
Allegation: Respondent engaged in conduct likely to deceive or defraud.