Posted: Jan 16, 2014 5:57 AM
Updated: Jan 16, 2014 5:57 AM
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) The Williams County Commission has reduced by 99 percent a $2.6 million fine levied against a Texas company operating in the western North Dakota oil patch.
The agreement calls for Houston-based Stallion Oilfield Services to pay just $26,000, and to have employees vacate what the county says is illegal temporary housing by the end of April.
The Williston Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1eMGkHv) that the dispute was over how many housing units were at the site. The two parties agreed that the county did not adequately define the term "unit" when granting a permit for the site.
Commission Chairman Dan Kalil says the county was trying to get the company's attention with the large fine, and it worked. He says, "They made changes. We'll make changes."
Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com