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Published October 02, 2013, 12:46 PM

Montana man sentenced for Stark County well violation

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A Montana man accused of oil and gas violations that threatened Stark County's drinking water must pay a $2,500 fine.

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A Montana man accused of oil and gas violations that threatened Stark County's drinking water must pay a $2,500 fine.

Nathan Garber pleaded guilty to violating the rules and regulations of the North Dakota Industrial Commission, a Class C felony, according to records filed in Southwest Judicial District Court, The Dickinson Press reported.

The criminal charge was connected to a civil case against Halek Operating ND LLC, which was fined $1.5 million for injecting saltwater into a Stark County disposal well after the company was told the well was not up to state standards.

Garber, president of Executive Drilling, directed another company to modify the disposal well site to mislead state inspectors, according to court records.

In addition to the fine, Garber was ordered to reimburse the Department of Mineral Resources Oil and Gas Division $1,804 for its cost in investigating the matter. Garber will serve probation in Montana, where he lives, according to court records.

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