Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media
As expected, a fine which has accumulated to nearly $29 million against Pilot Logistics and Western Petroleum, LLC is being met with more resistance as news has come out of an injunction filed on behalf of the companies.
The Williston Herald reports that the fine against the offending parties is on the way to the third floor of the Williams County Courthouse.
Pilot Logistics and Western Petroleum’s representing attorneys filed an injunction on July 22, against the Williams County Commission claiming their actions were “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable,” and the commission had, “no rational basis” for the substantial fine against Pilot Logistics.
According to the Herald, the plaintiffs were fined for willingly disobeying county zoning laws and operating an illegal man camp for numerous years. The fined accumulated at a rate of $1,000 per day per violation.
However, the attorneys argue that the companies did not know the laws and the county was at fault for not informing them of such.
Although a date for the hearings has not been announced, if the motion for injunction is successful, the Williams County Commission will be forced to halt any collection of fines or adding additional fines until the case is resolved.
Read the full news story from Tyler Bell of the Williston Herald, “Company goes to court to fight fine.”