BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ North Dakota's Health Department has fined two septic tank pumping companies for improper wastewater disposal in the state's western oil patch in 2011 and 2012.
Stanley-based MonDak Water and Septic Service was fined $200,000 and Fairview, Mont.-based Hurley Enterprises was fined $500,000. Hurley also is responsible for developing a compliance training program, and MonDak has developed wastewater treatment lagoons.
State Water Quality Director Dennis Fewless says drivers for the companies improperly disposed of septic tank wastewater on farm fields more than 150 times. He says a handful of drivers also were fined $1,500 each.
Officials with the two companies did not immediately respond to Associated Press requests for comment.