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Published March 22, 2013, 02:54 PM

Companies Sentenced for Illegal Sewage Disposal

Two companies fined a combined total of more than half a million dollars by the state of North Dakota for improperly dumping sewage in the oil patch have been sentenced in federal court.

FARGO, N.D. — Two companies fined a combined total of more than half a million dollars by the state of North Dakota for improperly dumping sewage in the oil patch have been sentenced in federal court.

A judge on Friday ordered Fairview, Mont.-based Hurley Enterprises and Stanley-based MonDak Water and Septic Service to each pay $50,000, as part of a plea agreement.

The state had previously fined Hurley $500,000 and MonDak $200,000. The companies also agreed on a plan to improve sewage disposal practices.

Timothy Purdon, U.S. attorney for North Dakota, tells The Associated Press that federal prosecutors are committed to protecting the water, air and wildlife in oil country.

Thomas Kelly, an attorney who specializes in environmental cases and is representing both companies, called the agreement "straightforward" and had no further comment.

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