Superfund Site Profile


Current Status

Operation and Maintenance activities are currently being performed to ascertain whether the completed remedy remains protective of human health and the environment.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed a Third Five Year Review on July 19, 2012. The Third Five Year Review concluded that the remedy was still protective of human health and the environment.  The Fourth Five Year Review is ongoing and will be completed by July 19, 2017.

Site Background

The 16.7-acre Pab Oil & Chemical Service, Inc. (PAB) site is located in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, about three miles north of the town of Abbeville. From 1978 to about 1983, a disposal facility for oil field drilling mud and saltwater operated on site. Waste oil skimmed from the oil-based drilling mud separation/disposal pits, was sold to reclaimers. In 1980, the state passed an amendment that established new requirements for off-site drilling mud and saltwater disposal facilities. Investigations triggered by a citizens’ complaint of illegal discharges determined the majority of the on-site contamination was a direct result of the drilling mud and fluids, produced water, work-over fluids and tank bottoms the facility received from oil and gas exploration and production. Following immediate actions to protect human health and the environment, and construction of the site’s long-term remedy, EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 2000.

National Priorities Listing (NPL) History
Site Hazard Ranking System Score: 38.94
Proposed Date: 6/24/88
Final Date: 6/24/89
Final Deletion Date: 1/3/2000

Location: Vermilion Parish in Southern Louisiana. Site is located three miles north of Abbeville along Highway 167.

Population: 13,000 in Abbeville (nearest town). 50,000 in Vermilion Parish.