In an order filed by the Illinois Attorney General’s office, TrueFlo Solutions, LLC, of Carmi, was found to be in indirect civil contempt for “having substantially failed and willfully refused to comply with the…” agreed interim order for immediate and preliminary injunction which was entered on September 15, 2017. The order was entered with Judge Thomas Dinn in White County Court on Friday, December 1. TrueFlo Solutions is the saltwater disposal company who was determined to have been the originator of a large discharge into the unnamed creek leading to Lick Creek. It is adjacent to the TrueFlo Solutions site, located at 1024 Illinois Highway 1.
In order to purge itself of the contempt charge, the company is ordered to retain an environmental contractor specializing in crude oil spill response, resume submitting regular written progress reports on cleanup operations to the Attorney General’s office, repair and maintain all earthen containment dams, replace the booms in the creek, flush affected areas of the unnamed tributary to Lick Creek, and collect and dispose of all contaminated water. They are also tasked with continuing to monitor the affected area and replace all weathered absorbent pads, dispose of the contaminated material collected to date, and submit receipts that document the proper disposal to the EPA. The company was also ordered to cease and desist from contaminated discharges from the site at 1024 Illinois Highway 1, Carmi, into the unnamed tributary to Lick Creek. The order allows for monetary sanctions to be assessed for any noncompliance.
The initial complaint, filed on September 15, charged TrueFlo with scathing allegations of harm to the environment and to local residents and wildlife, caused by their initial discharge of more than 10 barrels of oil and more than 50 barrels of saltwater solution into the adjacent creek, then, subsequently ignoring it for approximately a week. The fines assessed by the Attorney General were enormous, an initial $50,000, plus $10,000 per day that the contaminatiion remained. However, the Attorney General’s office reached an agreement with the company’s lawyer, with TrueFlo’s assurance they would clean it up, and the fines were suspended. At around the same time the fines were being suspended, White County court records show that TrueFlo Solutions, LLC, transferred property at Pontca Lake into the name of the company’s owner, Zal (Sal) Sulaymanov, allegedly from New York, which he then sold for $65,000.
TrueFlo failed to keep its part of the September agreement and the new Civil Contempt order indicates that they may have continued to discharge into the creek. A new conference with White County Judge Dinn is set for January 8, 2018.