Oil Co. Hit With $1.5M Fine For Well Violations

Law360, New York (July 31, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT) -- The North Dakota Industrial Commission on Tuesday hit oil and gas operator Halek Operating ND LLC with a $1.5 million fine for allegedly making salt water injections into a well without first making sure its equipment was working properly.

Halek has admitted it failed to complete a mechanical integrity test before making the salt water injections, which could harm the surrounding groundwater, according to an order filed by the NDIC. The company continued operating the well and making the salt water injections even after the commission...
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