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Submitted Photo Oilfield waste known as filter socks are shown stockpiled on trailers in McKenzie County in February. The waste, which contains low levels of radioactive material, was not disposed of properly and is now under investigation by the North Dakota Department of Health.

Continental hired contractor that stockpiled waste: Oil producer suspends RP Services, companies under investigation


WATFORD CITY — The top oil producer in the Bakken is linked to an investigation into radioactive oilfield waste that was stockpiled in rural McKenzie County.

Continental Resources suspended RP Services as a contractor after learning allegations from the North Dakota Department of Health that used filter socks were improperly disposed of, said Eric Eissenstat, general counsel for Continental Resources.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.