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Firm accused of dumping asks North Dakota high court to rule

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A trucking company accused of illegally dumping salty oilfield wastewater on a northwest North Dakota road in 2014 wants to take its case to the state Supreme Court.

The Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2tBMGpw ) reports that Wyoming-based Black Hills Trucking Inc. says it already paid a $200,000 fine to the state Health Department so it should not have to pay another $950,000 to the state Industrial Commission for the same violations.

An administrative law judge last year ruled the Industrial Commission did not have jurisdiction because the incident occurred on a public road. The state Industrial Commission says it still has jurisdiction in the case and a state district court agreed.

Company attorney John Morrison says there was no evidence of environmental damage.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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