May 26, 2022
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Company Responsible For ND Largest Oil Spill Paying Hefty Criminal Fine

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(Bismarck, ND) — The company responsible for North Dakota’s largest oil spill is facing a hefty criminal fine. A federal judge imposed a 15-million dollar criminal fine Monday on Summit Midstream Partners. Approximately 29 million gallons of highly concentrated, oil contaminated produced water leaked from a pipeline owned by the company in 2014 and 2015, causing grave environmental damage. The company has just reached a 36-million dollar settlement with the state of North Dakota and the U.S. Department of Justice. Surface water cleanup is nearly finished, but groundwater cleanup in continuing.

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