- Associated Press - Sunday, July 6, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The Williams County Commission plans to rule this week on whether to hit an oil services company with nearly $30 million in fines on allegations of a crew camp violating zoning regulations in North Dakota’s oil patch.

Western Petroleum LLC representatives were unable to attend last week’s meeting and requested that it be moved to Tuesday, the Williston Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1sihvZb ).

A conditional-use permit for the crew camp site on a plot of land off Highway 2 was approved for 40 trailers and seven modular units in 2011. The commission in June said that Western Petroleum had been operating without renewing a permit for two years.

Commissioners said the company had built unsanctioned buildings, and there is no record of Western Petroleum paying crew fees for the past two years.

An attorney representing the company called the fines egregious.

County Commission Chairman Dan Kalil said the fines are meant to “send a message” to out-of-compliance interests throughout the county.

Earlier this year, a high fine levied for similar violations was substantially reduced by the commission.

A county compliance inspection at the Western Petroleum site found 30 RVs, hookups for 10 more RVs, seven mobile homes and two houses on the premises. Each structure can be fined $1,000 for each day it is in violation of regulations.

Crew camps are common forms of housing for workers in oil country.

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Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com


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