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Saltwater Well Dispute

Saltwater Well Dispute
Landowners request cleanup of North Dakota saltwater well
The Associated Press - December 4, 2017

DICKINSON, N.D. - Landowners near a shuttered oilfield waste disposal well are frustrated that abandoned equipment remains on the western North Dakota property. It's been more than five years since the site shut down due to environmental violations.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that well operators Jason Halek and Nathan Garber were sentenced in federal court last week for violating environmental laws when operating a saltwater disposal well in 2011 and 2012.

The wellhead, saltwater storage tanks, a trailer and a barrel of flammable chemicals are still on the site near Dickinson. Local landowners say they want the area cleaned up and restored.

State regulators say they won't start reclamation work until after a restitution hearing in February in U.S. District Court in Bismarck.

Court records show reclamation work will cost around $135,000.



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