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The Associated Press reported today that an oil executive faces more than 50 years in prison for violating environmental laws. Nathan Garber, the President of Executive Drilling LLC will be sentenced on Sept. 26th in Bismarck. Garber recently reached an undisclosed plea deal with federal prosecutors. He is charged with multiple felony counts of violating federal environmental laws.
These charges are in direct connection with the case against Halek Operating ND LLC. Halek put public drinking water at risk by dumping 800,000 gallons of wastewater into an inactive well in Stark County. Halek attempted to cover up the crime to no avail. The company was fined a whopping $1.5 million dollars for the crime, which is the largest fine in North Dakota waste disposal history. Garber is charged with violating federal safe drinking water laws, conspiracy, falsifying documents and cover-up.
Halek Operating is now dissolved. The site in Stark County has still not been cleaned up due to its function as evidence in this case. North Dakota has only recovered $140,000 of the fine.