ND Fracking Firm Faces Fine

Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 04:01 PM gHale

A North Dakota fracking company is facing a $2.1 million fine for contributing to smog.

Slawson Exploration Co. agreed to pay the fine in a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rather than contest it and go to court.

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The EPA said the company, the largest oil producer in the Midwest, did not install the necessary pollution controls at its nearly 200 oil storage locations in the state.

The agency said the company will need to make about $2 million in upgrades to those facilities to comply with the EPA’s smog rules.

“EPA is committed to making sure that domestic energy development grows in a responsible way that protects public health and complies with the law,” said Cynthia Giles, EPA’s enforcement chief.

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