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Submitted photo This image from the Department of Mineral Resources shows an area of alleged dumping of saltwater, a byproduct of oil production, on a Williams County gravel road from Feb. 11.

Truck driver charged with illegal oilfield dumping: Wyoming company could face more than $1M in penalties

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WILLISTON — Criminal charges have been filed against a truck driver accused of illegally dumping oilfield waste in western North Dakota, and the trucking company he worked for could face more than $1 million in civil penalties, officials said Tuesday.

Leo Slemin, a driver with Black Hills Trucking of Wyoming, has been charged with a Class C felony for allegedly illegally dumping saltwater, a byproduct of oil production and an environmental hazard.

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Amy Dalrymple

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

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